Pioneers to play in Flag City Tournament

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Photo courtesy of Immanuel DeJesus

 

By Nick Kieser

It is time to hit the road for the Volunteer State Community College Pioneers baseball team this weekend. The team will play in the annual Flag City Tournament in Memphis, Tennessee.

The team is looking to get a win early in their season.

Ryan Hunt, head coach, knows that his guys still have some things to work on and is trying to “get all the kinks worked out” with the team.

Because of rain, one of the three games in Memphis has been moved to Vol State’s Garrett Field Feb. 12 at 2 p.m.

The Pioneers feel there are some improvements to be made in pitching.

“We need to throw our strikes better. We walked quite a few guys in our scrimmage versus Trevecca,” said Hunt.

This tournament will help the Pioneers in a few ways. First, the new freshman players will get a sense for how college baseball feels. Each player will have to transition to the fast-paced game played in the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association). The trip to Memphis will also help preview how the team can play at its full potential this season.

“We could do good or even better than last year,” said Hunt about this tournament.

The team has a consistent work ethic and attends practices every weekday. The pitchers arrive at 1:30 p.m., and position players arrive at 2:30 p.m. If there is an intersquad scrimmage, everyone will be at the field at 1:30 p.m.

Freshman relief pitcher, Chase Haley, knows from his time scrimmaging that his coach is watching everyone closely.

Hunt has been running a lot of intersquads lately to see who will fit well into the system before the regular season starts, said Haley.

Still a redshirt, Haley wants to be back to where his pitching performance was in high school. He knows that throwing at 84 mph is not enough to crack the team as a freshman, but the feat is not impossible.

“I want to get back up to 87 mph so I can show the scouts that I am not the same I was in high school,” said Haley.

Despite having a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection for soreness, Haley feels he is progressing at a steady pace. Haley mentioned if he ever gets a chance to play over the weekend that he will “more than likely” throw a fastball as his first pitch.

To make the weekend and season easier, Haley reminds himself to keep an uplifting attitude. “I’ve been sore and that’s the body saying it’s working. If I dwell on my failure, it will continue to happen,” said Haley.

As the regular season nears, the team is realizing what this means for them.

“It’s starting to get close and more real to me,” said Haley.

After the Flag City Tournament, the Pioneers have a hefty workload in front of them.

“It can be a pretty daunting schedule,” said Hunt, talking about the long season his team will have.

Each game will need to have an element of urgency and to be taken seriously. No game on the schedule needs to be taken for granted, but rather, no matter the opponent, each game needs to be played at full speed.

“We’ll have our hands full. There is some good competition this year,” said Hunt.

Aggressiveness will be a major key for the Pioneers as a whole. Making themselves unpredictable will throw opponents off, and hopefully, by listening to Hunt, they can be happy with how they will perform.

The Pioneers home opener is Friday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at Garrett Field versus the Moraine Valley Community College Cyclones.

 

Romantic movies available at Thigpen

 

By Katie Doll

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and whether the time is spent with a significant other or alone, watching romantic movies will fill up the day. Here are five romantic movies available to borrow at Volunteer State Community College’s Thigpen Library.

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Titanic (1997)

One of the highest grossing films of all time, “Titanic” has been considered among the most romantic films of all time with the iconic performances of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Director James Cameron takes the tragic sinking of a real ship and turns it into an action-packed love story between a poor working orphan and a rich young girl who is forced into an engagement with a 30-year-old man.

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When Harry Met Sally (1989)

When two college graduates argue whether or not men and women can have a platonic relationship, they didn’t realize it would be put to the test ten years later. Out of respect for their best friends, Harry and Sally must stay friends, leaving sex out of the equation. This heartwarming romantic classic is perfect for a laugh on Valentine’s Day.

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Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

This Oscar-nominated film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper gives a take on romance in a humorous and complicated way. When Pat, portrayed by Cooper, is released from a psychiatric hospital, he attempts to win his ex-wife back. Along the way, he meets Tiffany, portrayed by Lawrence, who offers to help him win back his wife only if he enters a dance competition with her.

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Brokeback Mountain (2005)

A thoughtful and heartbreaking film, “Brokeback Mountain” tells the story of two cowboys who fall in love almost by accident. Twenty years later, the two, now married men to women, spark up their torturous affair despite homophobic remarks from others. This film tells a story people of the LGBTQ community can relate to.

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Twilight (2008)

This teenage love-sick drama changed the game for vampire and werewolf movies. High school student Bella meets Edward Cullen, a handsome and mysterious vampire, as they fall in love under the odd circumstances of being a human and a vampire. The two’s teenage-obsessed, emotional love story was followed up with three more movies that can create a movie marathon for Valentine’s Day.

Man on the Quad 2/6/18

What would you change about Vol State?

Music students should get advisors that are in the music program or the AFA program – D

Parking. If they paved the extra parking, it’d be perfect, but people don’t know how to park without lines – G

I actually parked over at the maintenance building one time, and somebody hit my car, and there’s no cameras over there so that’s what I would change. Get some cameras over there – M

The piano practice rooms should be soundproof – A

One thing I would change would be more study rooms for the library. They have a really good library, and I really enjoy it and take advantage of it, but more study rooms – J

Make it easier to contact your advisors – F

The cafeteria definitely needs work. Mostly those [booths along wall]. It just needs to be re-done – N

Maybe the bathrooms. Like keeping them more clean- C

Annual Soul Food Luncheon Educates

 

By Presley Green

Vol State’s annual Soul Food Luncheon will be Wednesday, Feb. 7th, 12:45 p.m., in the Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room in the Wood Campus Center.

Everyone in the campus community is welcome.

There will be a dramatic reading at the luncheon, and Dr. Kenny Yarbrough, manager of diversity and inclusion, will be giving an address.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to kick off Black History Month.

“People bond around food and most Southern people like soul food. This luncheon highlights the origin of soul food, and how it came to be,” according to Yarborough.

The lunch promotes an understanding of culture and unity around something most people appreciate, good food, according to Yarborough.

“By highlighting our similarities, we can learn to appreciate our differences,” according to Yarborough.

 

Vol State Updates Website

 

By Tayla Courage

Volunteer State Community College sent an email announcement notifying students about its new mobile-friendly website Jan. 30.

Cindy Williams, a web designer for Vol State, described how the “clean and contemporary” appearance allows students and faculty to locate information more efficiently.

“The content has been streamlined and formatted in a way that is easier to skim through and read, both visually and by screen readers and assistive technology,” according to an email from Williams.

Harmoni Eddington and Jacob West, two students in Introduction to Electronic Media, voiced their opinions on the layout of the new website.

“It looks a lot more user-friendly,” said Eddington, a freshman.

“It’s snazzy. It looks sleek. It’s much better than the last website,” said West, a sophomore.

Visitors to the website may also notice a name change in the header of the website. Rather than saying “Volunteer State Community College,” the new header simply says “Vol State Community College.”

Market research has revealed that more students prefer the use of “Vol State” when referring to the campus, according to Jason Bugiada, web and digital media administrator.

Since our website serves as our primary online marketing piece for Vol State, we made the decision to incorporate the “Vol State Community College” logo in the top header,” wrote Bugiada.

He also made sure to point out the original “Volunteer State Community College” logo is still on the website’s footer.

Tami Wallace, director of public relations and marketing, is confident in the market research and believes the redesign will prove to be beneficial to both current and incoming students.

“Throughout the planning process of redesigning volstate.edu, our vision was to create an impactful, student-centered platform to attract incoming students as well as emulate our warm campus community in online form,” explained Wallace in an email.

Tips for navigating Vol State’s new website can be found on The Vol State Virtual Community page located at volunteerstatecommunitycollege.blogspot.com.

 

VSCC to Celebrate Black History Month

 

By Riley Holcraft

Volunteer State Community College is celebrating Black History Month with events around campus throughout February.

Vol State offers events that range from leisure game-playing to informative lectures in honor of Black History. Students are encouraged to attend events to learn about important achievements of historical African-American figures.

On February 6, the CAB Café is hosting a Black History Bingo in the Wood Campus Center’s Mary Cole Nichols Dining Hall B. The event begins at 12:45 p.m. and is open to all.

The Diversity and Inclusion office is hosting a Soul Food Luncheon Feb.7, 12:45 p.m., in Wood Campus Center Mary Cole Nichols Dining Hall B.

“The Soul Food Luncheon is a celebration of the historical facts behind ‘Soul Food’.  Come join us for delicious food, fellowship and entertainment,” the Office stated on Vol State’s website,

The History department will begin its World War I lecture series in Thigpen Library’s Rochelle Center Feb. 14, 1 p.m. The title of the lecture is “African Americans and the Great War” Grady Eades, history department chair, is the speaker.

The Great War it is often a part of American history that is overlooked, said Eades.

“We are currently in the centennial of the Great War (1914-1918). Thus, the History Department thought this would be a unique opportunity to focus on World War I and its impact. The first presentation is on African Americans and the war to line up with Black History month,” said Eades.

It is important for students to celebrate Black History Month because African-American history is part of American history, he said.

Kennedy Caruthers, student at Vol State, commented that she would be most interested in attending the history lecture event.

“Black history month is important to me, especially coming from a black family. We live in a country where we are so diverse, it is important to recognize our impact on the world,” said Caruthers.

The Diversity and Inclusion office is also hosting a read-in of pieces by African-American authors by students, faculty, and staff in the Great Hall of the Ramer Administration Building Feb. 19, 12:45 p.m.

This event is open to anyone who is interested. Students can contact the Diversity and Inclusion office at diversityandinclusion@volstate.edu if they would like to read.

Student Danielle Sharp said she is most interested in attending the Black History Read-In.

“I am familiar with many African-American writers, such as Maya Angelou. This is a great way to honor many talented writers in history,” said Sharp.

Pioneers Prepare for 2018 Baseball Season

 

By Nick Kieser

The Volunteer State Community College Pioneers baseball team has started practicing and preparing for their full 45-game schedule.

The team has scrimmaged to give the coaches a chance to look at their players.

“I know that these guys will give me all they got,” said Ryan Hunt, head coach.

The Pioneers record last year was 29-20, and the team is focused on carrying over the positive aspects from last season.

“Having a winning season was good,” said Hunt. He hopes the winning tradition will continue into this 2018 season.

The Pioneers fell to the Parkland College Cobras late in the last few innings of the postseason last year.

“We played well in conference tournament and had the number one seed beat until the last inning,” said Hunt.

Now, the team wants to go is to put that loss behind them and move on. An early goal for the Pioneers is to beat Walter State and Dyersburg State. Both teams are considered ‘powerhouses’ by Hunt.  

The first regular season game is Feb. 9.  

Chase Haley, freshman relief pitcher, believes that his team has a lot to offer as the games are coming up.

Haley is currently a redshirt due to his health. Haley is trying to gain some muscle weight and strength as he is building back up to full participation. If he gets “back to 100 percent” and plays well, Hunt would take away the redshirt, Haley said.

Jordan Williams, freshman right outfielder, is also a redshirt.

“As a redshirt my goal is to develop and get better with skills,” said Williams. He wants to play his game and focus on his job on the field the best he can.

Williams, who has been playing baseball since he was five, sees the team heading in the right direction.

“We’ve come together a lot with having skilled players, and I think we’re going to be pretty good this year,” said Williams, a future sports athletic trainer.

“There were teams who beat us consistently, and we want to change that,” said Williams,.

One thing that has seemed important to all the team is keeping each other accountable and having good leaders.

Collin Hopkins, a catcher in his last year as a Pioneer, is looked up to by Williams.

“I know I can look up to him and that he has my back, but he also helps everyone gain confidence,” said Williams.

Jake Lyle, pitcher, is a role model for Haley.

“Jake has signed with ETSU, and we hope that more players will get looks as well,” said Hunt.

The goal for the team is to make it to the postseason and go to the College World Series.

“The key to our season is going to be our starting pitching, goal is to keep teams off balance,” said Hunt.

In order to have a successful season Hunt also has three elevated expectations of his players.

“Work hard, go to class, and represent yourself in the right way on and off the field,” he said.

The Vol State Pioneers will begin their regular season schedule in Millington, Tennessee, Feb. 9th against the Johnson County Community College Cavaliers in the Flag City Classic tournament this weekend. Their first home game at Garrett Baseball Field is Friday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m.

Oscar Nominated Movies Available at Thigpen Library

 

By Katie Doll

The 90th Academy Award nominations were recently announced, and many people may be wondering who will take home the trophy March 4. Here is an Oscar-themed list of ten films available in the Volunteer State Community College Thigpen Library. Five films have been nominated for Best Picture, and five have won.

Get Out

As one of the most talked about films of 2017, this horror film received four nominations for the 2018 Academy Awards. The film follows a black man as he visits the family of his white girlfriend. The visit leads to some disturbing discoveries. The race-based film has shocking and satirical content that left viewers questioning society’s views on discrimination.

Dunkirk

The war film, Dunkirk, has eight nominations for the 2018 Academy Awards. The film depicts the Dunkirk evacuation of World War II with little dialogue from the ensemble cast but impresses with dramatic cinematography and music.

La La Land

This fun, heartwarming musical received the most nominations at the 2017 Academy Awards. The characters are aspiring artists in the entertainment industry who fall in love in Los Angeles. Even viewers who are not fond of musicals will be captivated by the retro romance and vocals of the two characters.

The Wolf of Wall Street

Set from 1987 to the early 1990s, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) finds himself defrauding wealthy investors for his brokerage firm while getting caught up in a brew of sex, drugs and parties. This nearly three-hour film created a comedic and intoxicating mood that earned a Best Picture nomination in 2014.

The Theory of Everything

This film was nominated for five Academy Awards in 2015 and depicts the life of physicist Stephen Hawking as he falls in love and breaks new ground while being diagnosed with motor neuron disease. With stellar performances, this film goes behind the scenes of Hawking’s real life and struggles.

Moonlight

As a coming-of-age film following a black man’s journey to manhood, this film won Best Picture and two other Academy Awards in 2017. The grounded characters steal the show while dealing with themes such as sexuality, family and masculinity.

Spotlight

Based on a true story, Spotlight tells the story of a team of journalists who investigate the hidden sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church. The 2016 Best Picture winner is a marvelous detective movie that will keep audiences on the edge of their seat.

Birdman

This dark comedy tells the story of a man who struggles to put on a risky Broadway production. While strange, it is beautifully shot and brilliantly directed, making it a Best Picture winner in 2015.

12 Years a Slave

The biopic tells the story of Northup Solomon, a free black man sold into slavery in mid-1800s. Thematic and heart-breaking, the film will open eyes with gruesome scenes that deserved Best Picture in 2014.

Argo

Winner of Best Picture in 2013, the film follows a man who must rescue hostages in Iran while posing as a Hollywood producer. Based on the “Canadian Caper” crisis in 1979 and 1980, this film is tense, exciting and dark.

Man on the Quad 1/30/18

We here at The Settler have one goal: to let the student’s voice be heard. So we’re beginning a new segment called Man on the Quad to get students’ opinions, thoughts, and ideas. This week we asked students about some of the weirder things they’ve seen on campus. Here are their responses. You can send your question ideas for this segment to aperham1@volstate.edu.

There’s like a trophy case that has barbecue sauce trophies in it – D

[Editor’s note: The Settler believes said trophy was actually awarded to Vol State’s speech and debate team for a second place finish at the 2010 Owensboro Community and Technical College BBQ Capital competition.]

A group of about half a dozen people on the other side of the cafeteria. They brought in their Playstation and hooked it up to the main tv and were just having a grand time – T

A guy dressed in a onesie with a little butt-flap out. It wasn’t Halloween – C

The guy that sits in the middle of the quad and yells Bible verses at people – C

A squirrel eating someone’s food from the cafeteria, and they [the squirrel] really enjoyed it. – A

No one walks in the grass. Have you noticed that? – H

The little lunch tables that all they do is literally play video games and like that weird game – E

There’s this guy that had a fur jacket and shorts, and it was probably like the coldest day here – M

I saw someone wearing a cape – C

Vol State to renovate Quad area

 

By Presley Green

The area at Volunteer State Community College between the Warf Building and Thigpen Library, known as the Quad, will be renovated in the next five years.

One major change is replacing the current row of juniper trees with deciduous hardwood trees that provide more visibility and shade, according to Will Newman, senior director of plant operations. More hardwood trees will be planted throughout the new Quad over the next five years.

Eventually, a plaza with tables and chairs will be added, and walkways will be widened, according to Newman. A second seating area is also going to be added outside Pickel Field House.

Another improvement to the Quad will be leveling out the ground to improve drainage and grass cover so events and sports gatherings can be held there more practically, wrote Newman.

The leveling is still under review, but the seating area is considered a capital project and will be implemented over the next three to five years, according to Newman. Currently, the project is still in the logistics stage of determining how to design the new Quad with its new features.

The changes are to make the Quad a more popular place for students to study and socialize, according to a graphic provided by Newman.