Body Farm lecture

By: Yvonne Nachtigal

Forensic anthropologist and best-selling author, Dr. Bill Bass, spoke before a packed Wemyss Auditorium at Volunteer State Community College on Oct. 23.

Best known as the creator of “The Body Farm,” a site to study the decomposition of human bodies, Bass presented a brief history of the facility.

“The Body Farm is the research facility that I created to find out how long does it take for the body to decay, and what happens,” said Bass.

With insight and humor, Bass showed several slides of decomposing human remains to illustrate what can be learned from them about identity and time of death.

“I have them in color, so you can see the gore,” said Bass.

Bass, now 90, was head of the anthropology program at the University of Tennessee when he opened the now famous facility in the early 1980s.

He has worked throughout the United States and worldwide to help solve some of the world’s most famous crimes.

He is one of only two forensic anthropologists to have viewed the remains of toddler Charles Lindbergh Jr.- better known as “the Lindbergh baby.”

Bass was invited by Vol State Radiology faculty member LuAnn Buck. She inquired about booking him two years ago when a graduate research assistant from The Body Farm came to lecture at Tennessee Tech.

“I asked his assistant about booking him. Student Engagement provided financial support to make it possible,” said Buck.

According to Buck, the event was initially planned to promote the radiology program, but it quickly grew into a public event.

“High school groups from White House Heritage and Beech came. Sumner Middle College attended. We had overflow in the Ramer building. The event was streamed by Zoom to Springfield, Livingston, and Cookeville campuses,” said Buck.

Nugs for Drugs

By: Yvonne Nachtigal

Volunteer State Community College did its part to raise awareness about drugs on Oct. 25.

“Nugs for Drugs,” the drug-take-back event was where students had the opportunity to drop off prescription medications and get some chicken nuggets in exchange.

Included in the school’s Diversity Awareness Week, Nugs for Drugs was organized by Student Engagement and Support.

Inclement weather caused the event to close before the scheduled 2 p.m. end time.

“Several students came up and said they forgot. It will be back, but most likely indoors,” said Coordinator of Student Support Tiffany Zwart.

Zwart said that more than 20 students dropped off prescriptions, which were turned in to campus police to properly dispose of.

According to Zwart, Nugs for Drugs is essentially the “Count It, Lock It, Drop It” campaign, which aims to prevent prescription drugs, particularly opioids, from getting into the wrong hands and prevent people from flushing medications into the water supply.

In September, the Tennessean reported that Tennessee may be gaining on prescription drug abuse.

The article said that likely because opioid prescriptions are becoming less common throughout Tennessee, deaths attributed to them have dropped for the first time in five years.

“If you have less prescriptions and less of this stuff out there, then less of it can be stolen and less of it can be sold on the illegal market,” said co-founder of Healthy Tennessee Dr. Manny Sethi.

According to new state overdose statistics, opioid overdoses killed 1,268 people in Tennessee in 2017.

Women’s Art Exhibit

By: Riley Holcraft

Risque photographs and intricate paper art are displayed among the walls of the Vol State Art Gallery on the first floor of the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Humanities Building.

This new exhibit focuses on the role of women in today’s society. The Art of Women by Monica Stewart and Erinn Nordeman is free and open to the public through Nov. 1st.

Stewart and Nordeman are professional, women artists who have intermingled their different art styles to create an exhibit that challenges the traditional roles of women.

Stewart has two untitled artworks on display. She is a multimedia artist studying at the University of Louisville. She crafts mainly with paper to produce a bold, zany expression within her artwork.

“I often draw on object imagery from fairytales to allude to dysfunctional familial relationships, female agency, as well as the magical and grotesque,” said Stewart within the gallery description.

Her first piece resembles a delicately designed article of clothing hanging over a flower bed.

The white wall captures shadows from the clothing and flowers, providing dimension and character.

The second piece resembles an abstract, female monster. Stewart utilizes multiple different colors to display a chaotic image that symbolizes different aspects of a woman.

Nordeman has a series of photographs paired with handmade quilts.

Nordeman is a printmaker, photographer, video, and textile artist. She blends photography with textiles in her three displayed pieces titled: Sandy, Pamela, and Kimberly.

The photographs are self-portraits illustrating different types of female role models from Nordeman’s childhood.

She matches each self-portrait with a uniquely-made quilt that depicts the woman via textile art. The gallery description explained that Nordeman, “is interested in shifting traditional materials into contemporary questions of sexuality, identity, and female gender expectations.”

Her art challenges the viewer to contemplate how famous women within television and movies are viewed, idolized, and criticized.

The Art of Women exhibit unifies different types of art to create a gallery that encourages viewers to question the identity of a woman.

The majority of the exhibit is made up of different types of materials, papers, and textiles that are cut, folded and molded into pieces of art.

The presence of negative space within the gallery allows each piece to effectively stand out and convey a bold statement concerning women of today.

Both artists challenge stereotypical femininity by exposing a new, unique light on women in society.

Grave Robbing lecture event

By: Nick Kieser

Here on the Volunteer State Community College campus on Oct. 22-23 Thigpen Library will be hosting a lecture on Grave-Robbing in America.

The first chance to listen to speaker Jennifer Weedman is at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 22.

On the following day, Weedman will speak again at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Students and those who participate and listen to the former Merrol Hyde Librarian give a lecture are welcome and according to Coordinator of Library Services, Lynda Vincent, light refreshments will be available to those who attend as well.

“We found it to be an interesting topic approaching Halloween. I think students who come will understand how things were back then, and hearing that people hired others to go rob graves,” said Vincent.

“I would most definitely be interested in going because I absolutely love history and scary stories. I want to hear the history behind this because I am unaware of it. It will probably keep me on my toes because of just hearing what it’s about,” said student Autumn Edwards.

Weedman is a part-time librarian in Thigpen and according to her, she tripped over this discovery based on studying her genealogy tree.

“I saw a picture of a man named Bud Rogan. He was a Gallatin man who died in 1905 and was the fourth tallest man in the United States. Bud is buried in the front yard of the family household, and had concrete poured over him so Vanderbilt couldn’t get to him,” said Weedman.

According to Weedman, Rogan was wanted by the doctors of Vanderbilt because they wanted to understand how a man could be the height that Rogan was when he was alive.

“The law forced doctors to hire robbers and sometimes the doctors even did this themselves. Sometimes medical students would pay their tuition in bodies. Many doctors, believe me, actually did this,” said Weedman.

“I am interested in hearing her speak as well. I have only heard her mention only a thing or two about it here and there. I think that anyone would find this interesting,” said Vincent.

“It is an odd topic, but hearing about a topic that I haven’t heard or thought about before is interesting to me,” said student Seth Griffith.

Vol State Men’s Basketball season starts

By: Nick Kieser

The 2018-19 basketball season is going to be tipping-off on Nov.2 at Snead State Community College.

With a record of 8-18 to finish last year’s season the coaching staff is preparing their players for another season.

“This year we have five guys coming back beside George Stanberry that played in about every game last year. We have Justin Goodson who is a pretty good shooter returning as well,” said head coach Rusty Melvin.

Stanberry, according to Melvin, is the best junior college basketball athlete in the nation. Scoring 726 points last year Stanberry was the men’s JUCO basketball leader in points to finish the season.

“Jordan Buchanan from Bowling Green is the most improved player from last year. He hit a shot in the tournament last year to put the game into overtime,” said Melvin.

Starting at the beginning of the school year the team reported to practices, and according to Melvin, he could not be there most of the time due to his wife having hip replacement surgery.

Having assistant coaches Ethan Abner, Ken Miller, and Neil Patel to run the practices the roster was still working out every day on a routine schedule.

“I feel good about it. This is the most enjoyable group of kids that I ever have had to coach. The assistants had them going all September while I was out on leave taking care of my wife. I have been back since the start of October and they have the tempo set already,” said Melvin.

“I need to be more vocal this year. I have last years experience to go off of, and I am still learning to be the best leader that I can be,” said Stanberry.

The 16-man roster has its first regular season game on Nov. 2 at Snead State Community College. Game one in Gallatin is Nov. 5 versus Bethel University’s junior varsity team.

“I am excited and focused. I want to win more. The more wins will equal having good opportunities this year. We have more size and role players on this roster now,” said Stanberry.

“We need to be leaders for everyone on the team. We will keep mentoring each other as well. Team chemistry will help make this team good this year,” said guard Kevin Rimmer.

Winning two games on the road last season and averaging 79 points a game is how the men’s team finished, but this year the schedule, according to Melvin, is not an easy one.

“You can just tell the way they play that they have confidence in themselves. I see them in the gym shooting and working on things. I do not have to tell them to play hard. They know what I want from them,” said Melvin.

“Work on more of my defense, and being in the right place at the right time. We are trying to put Vol State on the map. The more support the better,” said Stanberry.

Fall Activities

By: Shelby Leighton

With the weather finally chilling, and pumpkins everywhere you go – fall is slowly coming to end just as quickly as it began.

That doesn’t mean there’s still not plenty to do to stay in the spirits of fall. So, make the most of autumn with these free activities around Sumner County.

Fall Extravaganza – Hosted at Hendersonville First United Methodist Church Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The extravaganza will offer a wide variety of handcrafted gift items by over 80 craft artists. There will also be a large Bake Sale, Freezer Pleezers, Caramel Apples, plus a silent auction. This is a fundraiser that benefits missions of the United Methodist Women of HFUMC.

GracePoint Church & FBC Winchester Community Fall Festival – Hosted at the Sumner County Fairgrounds Oct. 27, from 4- 6 p.m. This festival will have bounce houses, carnival games, face painting, food, trunk or treating, and more.

Saturday Night Cruise-In and Trunk or Treat – Hosted at the Gallatin City Hall Oct. 27, from 4-8 p.m. Come to see the antique and classic cars of Gallatin while having a fun at the trunk or treat for the kids. A night filled with oldies music, door prizes and a ride of the week trophy.

Halloween In the Park – Hosted at Moss-Wright Park in Goodlettsville Oct. 27, from 1-3 p.m. Come to enjoy crafts, a pumpkin patch, games, photo booths, a DJ, dancing, and treats from local businesses and organizations.

Trunk or Treat at Newton Nissan – Hosted at Newton Nissan, Oct. 28, from 3-5 p.m. Come to join the community for fun, games, food, and of course, candy. This year Newton Nissan is adding a fun photo booth for family pictures to be taken, a nice way to remember such an event.

Harvest Festival – Hosted at Celebration of Life Church in Hendersonville Oct. 28, from 1-7 p.m. This festival includes food trucks, hayrides, face painting, live music, bounce houses, tonnes of games, and so much more. The church will also be hosting a food drive and taking donations where all proceeds will be given to Sumner County families in need during the upcoming holiday season.

Free stuff for students

By: Yvonne Nachtigal

Microsoft Office 365 is available FREE to all Vol State students.

Essentially, the same as Microsoft Office 2016, the difference between Office 2016 and Office 365 is only which of the cloud services are included.

According to the Microsoft website, both include Office 2016 Windows and Mac versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher.

Access on up to five computers per user, as well as the Office apps on five phones and tablets per user.

To download your copy, go to https://www.volstate.edu/students where Office 365 is listed under “Tools.”

This software is free to you with your Vol State tuition.

Students wanting to get a license for Rosetta Stone software should visit the Language Center at the Learning Commons and pick up a blue Rosetta Stone language user software request card.

Fill out the card with your name, email and which language you would like to request and turn it into Suzanne Previte.

You will receive an email from Rosetta Stone with login information once you can access the program.

Vol State has a finite number of licenses for Rosetta Stone and language students will be given priority.

Previte said that due to the limited number of licenses, after 30 days of non-use, students will receive an email letting them know their license has been canceled, but it can easily be renewed again.

Adobe Products Can Be Purchased with an Educational Discount.

According to Vol State Art Faculty Chair, Nathaniel Smyth, the school has an institutional license for Adobe software for college-owned hardware and a very limited number of additional licenses for faculty.

Smyth recommends that students needing Adobe software take advantage of the educational discount offered by Adobe. Individual student licenses can be purchased beginning at $9.99 per month.

For other student discounts including the Dell Member Purchase Program Coupon, visit https://www.volstate.edu/discounts.

Story Slam

By: Yvonne Nachtigal

The Story Slam is returning for its second year, on Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018, from

11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. at Thigpen Library in the Rochelle Center.

“There are some students who we have asked to come to speak, but it will primarily be an open mic event,” said Dr. Shellie Michael.

Storytellers can present a personal Halloween story or personal story on another topic.

Stories can be 2 to 4 minutes in length.

Snacks will be provided and the winners will be voted on.

The second-place winner will receive $50 and the first-place winner will receive $75.

Dr. Michael said that last year’s event was a great success.

“We literally laughed and cried,” she said.

Students who are interested in participating can show up at the event or contact Tabitha Sherrell for more details at Sherrell@volstate.edu or 615-230-3799.

Annual security report

By: Jim Hayes

The Volunteer State Community College Police Department released the Annual Security Report, detailing campus crimes reported to the FBI and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for 2017.

The department reported 17 crimes to the FBI and 40 to the TBI. The numbers do not match
because of differing reporting requirements between the two agencies.

In 2016, only one crime was reported to the FBI and none were reported to the TBI.

“I think the crime rate is low because of officer presence, and the fact that we don’t have dorms
here, that makes a huge difference,” said Lisa Morris, Senior administrative assistant to Police
Chief Angela Lawson.

“People are here a shorter amount of time. They go to class and then go home,” said Morris.

Only the Gallatin and Livingston campuses reported incidents to the FBI in 2017. The TBI
statistics are not broken down by individual campuses.

The Gallatin campus had 13 incidents to report to the FBI. They included three in the burglary
and drug law arrest categories, two in the domestic violence category and one each in the
aggravated assault, motor vehicle theft, stalking, weapons law violation referral and weapons law
arrest categories.

Livingston reported single occurrences of domestic violence, liquor law arrests, stalking and
weapons law arrests to the FBI.

The TBI reporting was highlighted by 13 intimidations, and 11 thefts from buildings.

The Vol State police force consists of 9 full-time officers supplemented by part-time police
officers from local law enforcement departments.

To qualify to be reported to the FBI, an incident has to meet the parameters for Uniform Crime
Reporting as set forth by the bureau.

Blood Drive

By: Gloria Cortes

The American Red Cross held a blood drive at the Rochelle Center in the Thigpen Library of Volunteer State Community College Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We’re the collection side of the blood drive. So, we come out, we get a schedule, we go to the places that have set up with us,” said American Red Cross blood drive supervisor Howard Anderson.

“We’ve had 36 sign up, but that’s not including the people that signed up online, that’s just the signup sheet I have from the school,” said Anderson.

“I’d like to donate blood, but I don’t think I have the time to do that right now,” said sophomore Thomas Williams.

He said 16 people had been able to donate so far that day.

“Our goal today is 39 donations,” said Anderson.

He said the turnout has been good and steady throughout the day.

“A lot of people were there, outside the library, so I’m sure the blood drive went well,” said sophomore Rachel Spurlock.

He said he also hopes that the blood drive will raise student awareness about giving back to the community.

“I hope it makes the students aware of their ability to give back something because the blood drive helps people. With one pint of blood, you are affecting three lives. We take one unit back to our lab and break it down into platelets, plasma, and red cells. So that’s three different people you’re going to affect,” said Anderson.

“I would consider donating blood. I have before,” said adjunct history professor Melanie Cochran.

She said she believes that the blood drive is good because donating encourages positive community involvement.

“I think it’s good. It gets people to be more involved with the community, and help out our neighbors,” said Cochran.