One Book, One Community discussion began with a film shown in the library

by Cynthia Hernandez// Staff Writer

Volunteer State Community College and the Gallatin community have simultaneously read the book “The Other Wes Moore.”

Vol State is partnering with all Sumner County Public libraries and high schools on the “One Book, One Community” project.

The community-wide book read will be accompanied by a special lecture series aimed to reflect and relate about what is relevant in the book and in current society.

The series began Tuesday, Feb. 10, with a feature film that was shown twice in the Thigpen Library.

The documentary “American Promise” observes the lives of two young black men as they grow up in the American school system.

For those that missed the film, the library has added it to their collection.

“We’re hoping for a better turnout at our other events,” said Julie Brown, a Vol State librarian.

Dr. Kenny Yarbrough, director of the office of Student Life and Diversity Initiatives, was scheduled to lead a discussion on “deadbeat dads” in the Wemyss Auditorium Monday, Feb. 16, but due to the inclement weather which closed the Gallatin campus for three days, the deadbeat dads discussion has yet to be rescheduled.

Vol State will host a panel discussion today at 12:30 p. m. in the Mary Cole Nichols Carpeted Dining Room (CDR) of the Wood Campus Center.

The panel will consist of faculty and campus police and will discuss the tense relationships between the African-American community and the police and possible solutions.

Dr. Michael Torrence, assistant to the vice president of Academic Affairs, will lead a discussion on the ìEffects of Hip-Hop on Society” on Monday, March 2. at 9 a. m. in the Pickel Field House.

Various Sumner County high schools will be on campus for this event.

There will be another lecture focusing on low expectations of young African-American males on Thursday, March 19, at 12:30 p. m. Bill Ligon will lead this discussion in the CDR.

The final discussion will be on the selected book, ìThe Other Wes Moore.î

The community is invited be a part of the discussion to reflect upon the themes and learning points found in the book.

The culminating event will take place from 6 – 8 p. m. on Tuesday, March 24. in the Rochelle Center and Gallery.

The event will include discussion, spoken word artists, music, and student art exhibits said Yarbrough, the project manager.

Apart from these Vol State events, the Sumner County Public Libraries have book clubs that will discuss the book.

Host, Sally Ream, said that Gallatinís book club meets this Wednesday.

The Portland Library is offering a lunch/discussion on March 21.

The Vol State Library has several copies of the book available and offers a two-day rental. The Gallatin and Portland Libraries still have copies of the book available.

Harper Lee’s new book about grown up Scout to come out in July

by Brittney Mace// Assistant Editor

Harper Lee, a world-renowned author, has announced the release of her second novel, and sequel to her first novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

According to Harper Publishing, the novel will be titled “Go Set a Watchman” and will be released in July.

According to Associated Press, the book will be published in its original form and has already hit the top of the best-selling charts, months before its actual publication.

In a statement released by Harper Publishing, Lee describes her novel and choice to publish.

ìIn the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called “Go Set a Watchman.”

“It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman, and I thought it a pretty decent effort.

“My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout’s childhood, persuaded me to write a novel, what became “How to Kill a Mockingbird”, from the point of view of the young Scout.

“I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told.”

“I hadn’t realized it [the original book] had survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer, Tonja Carter, discovered it.”

“After much thought and hesitation, I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication.”

“I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years,” said Lee.

Carter described the moment she discovered the novel to Washington Post, saying that she found the manuscript stapled to the manuscript of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and immediately rushed over to Lee, who then identified it as the sequel.

Because of Lee;s declining health, and her clear opinions on not publishing another book throughout the years, many have questioned whether or not she was pushed to publish and seemingly taken advantage of.

According to Slate.com, Carter said Lee is “hurt and humiliated” by these claims and that close friends say she is genuinely excited about the publishing process moving forward.

“When I read “To Kill A Mockingbird” as a high school assignment in the early 90s, I remember the teacher making the comment that Lee had only published one book and for years, even at that time, the public and the critics awaited her producing another work,” said Joshua Hite, instructor of English at Volunteer State Community College.

“Saying America has been awaiting this to occur would not be an understatement; however, we must take the entire situation into consideration.”

“The book was reportedly shelved after it was written in the 1950s, prior to “To Kill A Mockingbird” being published.

“This is strange enough, but when mixed with the reports that the manuscript was found by Lee’s lawyer, a recently new council to Lee who had used her own sister’s legal services for years, and secretive meetings occurred between Lee and the lawyer just prior to this announcement, a student of publishing and literary works must think “who has anything to gain from this?” and “why now?”

“While the circumstances are strange around the entire situation, literary scholars will be able to sift through this history once they can not only read the book itself but also view the manuscript.”

“I would not be surprised if the book will be a disappointment.

“I am not sure how it could not be since the news of this upcoming book in early February carried such weight. Finding a manuscript is different than publishing a book.

ìMany manuscripts went unpublished while the author was alive but were published after his/her death, possibly because the permission would not be granted while the writer was alive.

“Why would Lee grant permission now?

“This all seems a bit shady, but this will all be answered in about ten years when literary critics are able to analyze the text and sift through all the evidence surrounding this upcoming book,” said Hite.

“I am really looking forward to reading it. It will be interesting to step into the future of that world and see how the characters turned

Vol State reopens after three day snowbreak

by Ann Roberts// Editor-in-Chief

The Gallatin campus for Volunteer State Community College was reopened after three days of inclement weather which left most Vol Staters snow and icebound.

On Thursday Feb. 19, the campus was reopened at 9:30 a.m. and closed early at 4:30 pm.

That day, Coffee with the Prez took place according to plan at 10 -11 a.m. Students, faculty and staff were able to speak with Dr. Jerry Faulkner, president of Vol State and enjoy free coffee and breakfast biscuits in the Mary Cole Nichols Tiled Dining Room (TDR).

At noon, The French class hosted a Mardi Gras celebration that was originally scheduled for the Tuesday before but because of the snow, it was rescheduled.

The French class handed out pieces of cake to people in the TDR and if anyone had a small figurine of baby Jesus in their piece, they were given a paper crown and had their picture taken.

The figurines, in Mardi Gras tradition are meant to symbolize good luck for the next year.

There were also tables for anyone to create their own mask.

Also during the noon – 1 p.m. hour, there was a Lunch and Learn in the Carpeted Dining Room (CDR).

The lecture was about the history of black theater and was given by Edmon Thomas, associate professor of communication and theater.

On Friday Feb. 20, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) recognized Vol State as a Veterans Education Transition Support (VETS) campus.

The event was in Great Hall of the Ramer Administration Building at 10:30 a.m.

Among the attendees, was William Lamberth, Tennessee state representative for Sumner County, and members of the general counsel of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) who presented the plaque to Faulkner.

“It’s really exciting for us to be the first community college in Tennessee to receive this designation and I give all the credit to Ken Hanson and our team here that work with our veterans,” said Faulkner.

“[We are] impressed with Vol State’s programs and services [that] they provide to veterans and itís just very impressive evidence what the designation acknowledges that they really have stepped up to the plate and fulfilled their responsibility to students.

“It’s obviously a team effort  you can see that a lot of work goes into making this a campus where veterans feel comfortable and feel drawn to. We’re impressed and very proud of them,” said Dr. Russ Deaton, interim executive director at THEC.

Professor Thomas lecture at Lunch and Learn for black history month

by Lauren Cieler// Staff Writer

Volunteer State Community College is hosting a Lunch and Learn Thursday, Feb. 19.

The event will take place in the Mary Cole Nichols Carpeted Dining Room at 12:30-1:30 p. m.

Edmon Thomas, associate professor of communication and theater, spoke about the arts and history tied it into Black and Women’s History Month.

“Lunch and Learn was to celebrate Black History Month so I decided to talk about black theater.

“It started with the minstrel shows and how the minstrel shows started after the Civil War and continued to be popular entertaiment throughout all of America,” said Thomas.

Students, staff and faculty were invited.

People were encouraged to bring their own lunch. Dessert was provided.

The office of Student Life and Diversity Initiatives (SLDI) staff said this is the second year doing this event and that last year it was called Reflections of Black/Women’s History Month.

It was changed to Lunch & Learn because it was shorter and the name clicked more.

“It is interesting because everyone comes together to take the time to learn about the diversity within Black and Women’s History Month,” said Lori Miller, secretary II of SLDI.

“It is nice that the speaker relates something about black and women’s history,” said Tabitha Sherrell, coordinator of student activities in SLDI.

Local Musician Spotlight: Wesley Winters

by Makenzie Border// Staff Writer

There are a number of students at Volunteer State Community College who have varying types of talents.

One of these students, Wesley Winters, is a musician who has been earning popularity for some time now.

“I decided to do music when I was 15. I played in a couple talent shows, and when the response was positive, it sparked.”

“Music brings joy to people in a most personal way, and that is what I love to do,” said Winters.

“I’ve been doing this part time for about 4 years. I play a new age sort of blues/rock/soul/folk. Quite a big mix.”

“I’m still trying to pinpoint what type of song I like to play best, but as of right now you can hear a lot of sounds from me.î

Regarding his current success, Winters said that it is hard to take off as a college student, but that he is still focusing on his goals.

ìThe biggest thing I’ve done is play a few shows downtown in Nashville,î said Winters.

Winters also gave mention to a few of his professors that have given him support.

ìI wouldnít say I’ve been particularly pushed by any of the professors here at Vol State, but Lynn Peterson, Ben Graves, and Professor James Story, [department chair of visual and rerforming arts], have all brought a lot of encouragement my way,î said Winters.

For those who are hoping to see Winters perform, he has a few shows coming soon this month.

“I’m playing at a place called the Slider House in the Vanderbilt area off and on,” said Winters.

Humanities Matters lectures focus on racism and transcendentalists

by Mackenzie Border// Staff Writer

Volunteer State Community College’s Humanities Matters Lecture series for the spring 2015 semester will focus on the current racial tension in the United States and will take place throughout February.

The next lecture, “James Baldwin’s Another Country, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Politics of Love,” will be Today, from 11:10 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., and will be hosted by Laura Black, chair of the English department.

Black was asked how she decided on the topic of her talk, saying, ìI’ve been planning this presentation since last semester, but it is really a smaller piece of a larger work that I’ve been working on for a lot longer.

“I’ve been studying the literature of James Baldwin for a few years now, specifically his civil rights literature.

“This will be my focus for my Ph.D. dissertation that I hope to complete in the next couple of years,” said Black.

“I believe Baldwin is one the most underappreciated American writer and intellectual of the 20th century. James Baldwin was a unique person in civil rights history.

“He was a talented writer, who happened to be black and gay, and whose books and published articles from the early 1960s focus on race and radical integration.

“He was interested in advancing social justice, racial equality, and civil rights for everyone, and these issues are still important today,î said Black.

Grady Eades, associate professor of History, will be holding a discussion with Nancy Blomgren, associate professor of English, called “Not an Aberration:  Race, Slavery, and American Values.”

The event was cancelled due to weather issues, and has not been rescheduled.

“Professor Nancy Blomgren and I have been tinkering with this idea for several months. “

“We began planning it in the fall term and have begun to work out details a few times since the spring term. This was definitely Professor Blomgren’s idea,î said Eades.

“For me, the idea is interesting to explore because it is potentially a little volatile and runs against conventional wisdom. We’re going to be looking at literature that supported slavery and was against equality; not exactly a walk through the tulips.”

“The point though is not to show support for these ideas, but to demonstrate how far back such ideas go and how critical they have been to American history and culture,î said Eades.

“We’ll be discussing the arguments made in favor of slavery in the decades before the American Civil War.”

“Many people who supported slavery felt that Uncle Tom’s Cabin did not give an accurate picture, so there were several novels written to answer Harriet Beecher Stowe’s arguments.”

“These became known as anti-Tom novels, and they provide some surprising insights into explaining how slavery advocates justified the ownership of other human beings.”

“Our title, “Not an Aberration,” reflects the ways slavery and racism were engrained in American ideology, not a departure from it,” said Blomgren.

“[The topic] is clearly relevant. The title of the presentation is “Not an Aberration” because we both felt that we wanted to get across the idea that racial issues in the United States are not new.

“There is a long history of African Americans being seen and treated as inferior by white Americans and we wanted to look at an often forgotten piece of that history.”

“Given the events in Ferguson, New York, and Cleveland – and that’s just the last six months – it is important to show these ideas have roots that go back a long, long time,î said Eades.

“Transcendentalist Communes in Fiction by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Louisa May Alcott” was the second lecture planned for the series. This event was also cancelled due to weather, and will be rescheduled.

Shellie Michael, professor of English, will be providing the lecture.

“Venerable American writers Nathaniel Hawthorne and Louisa May Alcott both lived at communes in the 1840s, a time of radical reform movements much like the 1960s.”

“Since America’s inception, people have formed utopian communities for a variety of purposes. The communes at which Hawthorne and Alcott lived were attempts to apply Transcendentalist philosophies to everyday living.”

“Both writers wrote fiction about their experiences, giving us rare glimpses into life at 19th century American communes,” said Michael.

Michael discussed how she decided what to talk about and what the main point of the talk will be.

“My talk will be about the dissertation I’ve been researching and writing for the past two years. I’m a PhD student in English at MTSU, and I’m at the level called ABD: All But Dissertation.”

“This means I’ve finished all the program requirements, such as coursework and several major exams in my areas of specialization except the book-length research project, called a dissertation.

“People, especially Americans, have always experimented with communal living.”

“in my talk, I’ll discuss the history of utopianism in America as well as communes in Tennessee, some of which still exist today.

“I would also be glad for people to get a new perspective on Nathaniel Hawthorne and Louisa May Alcott, seeing them not as stodgy, old-fashioned writers but people who lived in exciting times and had interesting experiences,” said Michael.

Being snowbound allows you time to take a break and catch up with work as well as make sure priorities are met

by Ann Roberts// Editor-in-Chief

The opportunity for seclusion can be both a blessing and a curse.

Last week all of the members of the Volunteer State Community College community experienced the occasion of having school be closed for three days and early closings on Thursday and Friday due to snow and ice.

When one is basically forced to stay at home and is unable to go to work or school, it gives them the opportunity to do some of the things they would like to do when those afore said things are in the way.

After a while though, some begin to experience cabin fever and become stir crazy.

Those fortunate enough to not have had their electricity and wifi go out were able to keep warm; have full function of their refrigerators, ovens and televisions; and keep in contact with their friends and family.

The situation of having multiple snow days gave everyone an early spring break of sorts.

Classes could still communicate via the eLearn site and most instructors were accessible through e-mail.

Most, if not all, of the Vol State community could take a break and enjoy spending time with their family and friends.

Many students, who may have felt like they were falling behind with their homework, had the opportunity to catch up with their studies.

The sooner I fall behind, the more time I have to catch up, said Author Unknown.

One could catch up on their latest viewing pleasures or reading material, spend time with their family, catch up on house chores and get ready for the hectic-ness of life when the snow and ice have detained us no more.

“Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isnít the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment,” said Robert Benchley, American humorist and newspaper columnist.

One thing that is always welcome from the regular bustling of everyday activities is a breather.

But one must know when the breather has become an excuse to not do oneís duties.

“Nobody’s life is ever all balanced. It’s a conscious decision to choose your priorities every day,” said Elizabeth Hasselbeck, American television personality.

It is hard to do schoolwork, housework and work-from-home work when all of your loves ones are also there and restless.

“Every duty which is bidden to wait returns with seven fresh duties at its back,” said

Charles Kingsley, English clergyman and historian.

It is much easier to goof off and push off one’s responsibilities for another time when there are not so many people around who want to have fun and enjoy your company.

“Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work,” said H. L. Hunt, American political activist and entrepreneur.

Unfortunately, too often we procrastinate too much and regret our decisions later.

Too many things are due at too much of the same time and it”s difficult to try and accomplish anything when you feel rushed and lost for time.

Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives.

“Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have,” said John C. Maxwell, American author and speaker.

One can balance between the fun of a snow day and taking a chunk of time here and there to make sure you are on top of your responsibilities.

ìSuccess is only another form of failure if we forget what our priorities should be,î said Harry Lloyd, English actor.

Please take the time to get your priorities strait.

It is tricky sometimes to always know what is more important when some deadlines conflict with other plans and engagements.

There will be time for fun and games and there are times when working is a necessity.

ìWise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn’t always have to be their top priority,î said William Arthur Ward, American author.

I have severe problems with procrastination and prioritizing what I do and when I do it.

But I have resolved to change my ways and make an effort to get my act together and keep up with my workload.

Soul Food Luncheon honors African American writers and brings people together

by Brian Ferrell// Staff Writer

Volunteer State Community College’s African American Student Union (AASU) hosted a Soul Food Luncheon in the Mary Cole Nichols Carpeted Dining Room on Feb. 11, to celebrate Black History Month.

This event was planned as a way for students of every race to come together to not only celebrate Black History Month but to also celebrate people of all race, gender and sexuality and to spread the message that no matter what color of race you are and who you are that you are special and unique in your own way.

This event was also to recognize great African American writers who helped pave the way for young African Americans today.
The Soul Food Luncheon had the Vol State faculty and students read poetry from African American Authors.

Gabrielle Staton, Student Government Association (SGA) representative for the Association of Campus Events (ACE), started the luncheon by giving an introduction.

“[Black History month is] a reminder of how far we’ve come as a race and to take a moment to be thankful for who we are,” said Staton.

Next, was the poetry reading by faculty and students of Vol State Community College.

The reading started with Cindy Chanin, associate professor of English, who read “Mother to son” by Langston Hughes and “The Mother” by Gwendolyn Brooks.
Deb Moore was next and she chose to recite, “How it feels to be Colored Me” by Zora Neale Hurston.
Next was Shavonya Washington with “Life is Fine” by Langston Hughes.
Jacobi Calloway with “I rise” by Maya Angelou.
Melva Black read “I have come into the city” by Sonia Sanchez, and lastly, Jasmine Reed with “poem variety.”

“Black History is a celebration of people who have overcome and still striving to become,” said Black.

After the poetry reading, Ashlyn Challenger, AASU president, got up to the podium and spoke.

“You are not black, white, yellow, pink, purple, red, gay, lesbian, straight or what society has put you into. But you are black, white, yellow, pink, purple, red, gay, lesbian, straight, forever, so take pride in being who you are,” said Challenger.

The Soul Food Luncheon ended with conversation and some “soul food” including chicken, mash potatoes, collar greens, macaroni and cheese, and more.

Madison’s predictions for the 87th Academy Awards

by Madison Mathews// Contributing Writer

Hollywood will honor its own this Sunday, during the 87th Academy Awards. Before the little golden men are given out and the wrong movie is awarded to this year’s prestigious title of Best Picture, I thought it would be a good time to make my predictions for how this year’s Oscars are going to go down.

Rather than go through the entire list, I’m just going to focus on the “Big 8,” which are the categories that focus on the actors, the movies, and the writers.

Best Picture

Nominees: “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” “Selma,” “The Theory of Everything,” “Whiplash.”

Will Win: “Birdman”

Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s commentary on the world of entertainment will be given the award. It’s just the type of movie Hollywood typically likes to give the Best Picture title to. On the surface it looks deep, but once you dig deeper, you realize it’s a pretty empty film which fumbles its way to satire.

Should Win: “Boyhood”

I love “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Selma,” but “Boyhood” is a masterpiece that deserves the true title of Best Picture. It’s a three-hour epic that focuses on the quiet moments life is made of. It has the potential to be a dark horse in the race, but I think the reflective beauty of “Boyhood” will be overshadowed by “Birdman’s” artistic artifice.

Best Director

Nominees: Wes Anderson — “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu — “Birdman,” Richard Linklater — “Boyhood,” Bennett Miller — “Foxcatcher, Morten Tyldum — “The Imitation Game”

Will Win: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Iñárritu took home Best Director at the Directors Guild awards, which is typically a shoe-in for the Oscar. His win will just be another bizarre step in “Birdman’s” journey to the top prize.

Should Win: Richard Linklater

Ava DuVernay, who directed “Selma,” should really be getting the award. Not only did she deserve it, but it would set a historical precedent as she would be the first black woman to ever win Best Director. Since that scenario isn’t in the cards, Linklater should win, but he won’t. He did win at the Golden Globes, but Iñárritu will it steal it away from him.

Best Actor

Nominees: Steve Carell — “Foxcatcher,” Bradley Cooper — “American Sniper,” Benedict Cumberbatch — “The Imitation Game,” Michael Keaton — “Birdman,” Eddie Redmayne — “The Theory of Everything”

Should and Will Win: Michael Keaton

Redmayne was an early contender for his work as Stephen Hawking, but it’ll be Keaton taking home that little gold man. If “Birdman” deserves any accolades its Keaton’s performance. He’s electric in the role of a washed-up actor trying to find his place in the current landscape of Hollywood.

Best Actress

Nominees: Marion Cotillard — “Two Days One Night,” Felicity Jones — “The Theory of Everything,” Julianne Moore — “Still Alice,” Rosamund Pike — “Gone Girl,” Reese Witherspoon — “Wild”

Will Win: Julianne Moore

I haven’t seen all of the movies these fine actresses were nominated for. That said, Moore has won Best Actress at both the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards, which pretty guarantees her a lock on her first win. She’s been nominated four times before, so fifth time’s the charm.

Should Win: Patricia Arquette

Where was she in the nominee list, you may ask? She’s not in the list above, which brings me to the next category.

Best Supporting Actress

Nominees: Patricia Arquette — “Boyhood,” Laura Dern — “Wild,” Keira Knightley — “The Imitation Game,” Emma Stone — “Birdman,” Meryl Streep — “Into the Woods”

Should and Will Win: Patricia Arquette

OK, this is where I get a little angry at the Oscars. Anyone who has seen “Boyhood” knows Arquette’s performance as the mom is the true lead performance of the film. While the boy is one we see grow from a little kid into a young man, Arquette’s journey in the film has a true arc. The movie could’ve easily been called “Motherhood.” Anyway, there’s no other competition in this category. The statue pretty much already belongs to Arquette.

Best Supporting Actor

Nominees: Robert Duvall — “The Judge,” Ethan Hawke — “Boyhood,” Edward Norton — “Birdman,” Mark Ruffalo — “Foxcatcher,” J.K. Simmons — “Whiplash”

Should and Will Win: J.K. Simmons

Much like Arquette, Simmons has this category locked down. The 60-year-old character actor’s brilliant performance in the indie smash “Whiplash” in which he plays a sadistic music instructor is the stuff of legend. He’s on fire throughout the entire film, working magically off of co-star Miles Teller. You’ve likely already seen Simmons in plenty of movies and TV shows before, but get ready to a lot more of him.

Best Original Screenplay

Nominees: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., and Armando Bo — “Birdman,” Richard Linklater — “Boyhood,” E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman — “Foxcatcher,” Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness — “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Dan Gilroy — “Nightcrawler”

Should and Will Win: Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness — “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

While this category could come down to a battle between “Boyhood” and “Birdman,” Wes Anderson will win his first Oscar for the best film of his quirky career. The decades-long comedy set in an Eastern European country in between two wars took home the Golden Globe and the British Academy of Film and Television award, which makes it pretty clear Anderson will finally have an Oscar.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Nominees: Jason Hall — “American Sniper,” Graham Moore — “The Imitation Game,” Paul Thomas Anderson — “Inherent Vice,” Anthony McCarten — “The Theory of Everything,” Damien Chazelle — “Whiplash”

Will Win: Graham Moore — “The Imitation Game”

The biopic about the life of Alan Turing was a critical darling and early contender for some of the top prizes, but it’s lost a lot of steam over the course of awards season. Moore’s script has been recognized with many accolades, however, which put him in a good position to win the award.

Should Win: Damien Chazelle — “Whiplash”

The fact that Chazelle’s script is considered an adaptation is as confounding as all the critical love for “Birdman.” It’s a smart script written by one of the most talented Hollywood newcomers. If this is Chazelle at the start of his career, then I can’t wait to see where he goes from here.

 

These Valentines

by A.E. Roberts

A worthy woman one can’t woo

With lazy, cheesy pick-up lines.

She’d prefer something impromtu

Because a script should be a crime.

They say that I should give it time

But I can’t stand these valentines.