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If You’re Irish Come Into the Parlor In sweet Lim’rick Town, they say, Lived a chap named Patrick John MoIIoy. Once he sailed to U.S.A. His luck in foreign parts he thought he’d try.

Now he’s made his name, and is a wealthy man, He put a bit away for a rainy day; So if you gaze upon The house of Patrick John, You’ll find a notice that goes on to say:

If you’re Irish come into the parlour, There’s a welcome there for you; If your name is Timothy or Pat, So long as you come from Ireland, There’s a welcome on the mat,

If You come from the Mountains of Mourne, Or Killarney’s lakes so blue, We’ll sing you a song and we’ll make a fuss, Whoever you are you are one of us, If you’re Irish, this is the place for you!


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By Aja Meers Staff Writer I know y’all have seen the “Kiss me, I’m Irish” paraphernalia floating around. Some of you probably even own most of it AND flaunt it without really knowing your heritage at all! Have you maybe even given a thought to how this saying could be offensive to any individual that is actually Irish? It’s like having a t-shirt that says, “Kiss me, I was on the Trail of Tears!” Liar! To help you deal with this transition to truth, I’ve comprised a list of 10 ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day without being offensive……sort of. 1) Go Green! Recycle something and let that be your “green” accessory for the day so as to avoid any unnecessary pinching. 2) Drink Green! Dinking the green beer not only helps the economy, but also supports local breweries! 3) Support Green! Become a Green Bay Packers fan! No one else is! 4) Buy Green! Get a bouquet of shamrocks and clovers for your sweetheart! 5) Wear Green! Get a green shirt and stencil the word “envy” on it!

6) Smoke Green! If you need an explanation, you should probably skip to number seven. 7) Kiss Green! If you actually come across an Irishman or woman in their natural habitat, pucker up and celebrate their heritage for them! 8) Be Green! If you are Irish, make sure to get a regular person to be your designated driver. 9) Drink Green…again! We know you’re either pregnant or nursing so feel free to have a nice, hot cup of green tea, but make sure it’s not black tea cause that celebration was last month. 10) Spend Green! Make it rain like you’re a leprechaun at the other end of a rainbow! After all, it’s a holiday for St. Patrick’s sake!

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By Clay Cofer Assistant Editor Many students are probably unaware that March is national Irish-American heritage month. This is a special time for many people who celebrate their heritage. However, many don’t know why they celebrate. When asked what Irish-American heritage month represented, President of the Chattanooga Chapter of the New World Celts (NWC), Mary Hill responded “It is to honor the achievements and contributions of the Irish Immigrants bestowed by proclamation, issued [annually], by our President.” Hill adds that “[the] celebration coincides with a religious holiday for the Saint who brought Christianity to Ireland - Saint Patrick.” When asked how the holiday is generally celebrated, Hill answers, “In our time the day is celebrated by all things Irish. It is no mystery that many people, regardless of their heritage, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by having a few rounds. Hill adds “I [also] like to celebrate with friends and family by having a pint (or two) of my favorite lager at my favorite pub.” The Celtic heritage can greatly influence people’s life. “As a child I attended many a folk festival that I had forgotten about when I parted from the family home and

moved out on my own,” Hill begins. “It was after my children were born that I sought out those ‘lost traditions’ and began them again. It was in doing this “searching” that I found that there are many festivals that occur in today’s society.” Many people around Chattanooga celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Hill states “that 3 out of 4 people in the TN Valley area are of Scots-Irish descent. This area is rich in Celtic history, with many things to see and do.” Those who want to be more active in their Celtic heritage are invited to join Mary and the Chattanooga Chapter of the NWC. “[The organization] promotes Celtic culture and awareness in today’s society,” Hill states. “We can educate people on things regarding their heritage that they may not have known. It encompasses all Celtic people and anyone who is interested in Celtic ways. We have many members that are Irish-American, Scots-Irish, Welsh, and we even allow the English to join!” This year, if students choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or celebrate the IrishHeritage Month, it’s important that they know why they celebrate. It is not just a day to wear green socks and drink ale, but a celebration of a culture that thrives today.


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She’s Still Standing… 2013 Mayoral Race By Michael Williams Staff Writer

Everyone has a moment where they make the decision to change their lives; to make things better in their life because if things don’t change, they may not survive it. Tabitha Roden had her moment of clarity, her epiphany, a few years ago after she was attacked and assaulted inside her own apartment. That however is not the beginning of her Tabitha Roden story; it was only the last event in a chain that stretched all the way back to childhood. When people first meet her, they cannot even begin to imagine the tale of survival this young woman has to tell. Born into a family with an extremely abusive father, Tabitha was forced to deal with physical, verbal, and sexual abuse at the hands of the man who was supposed to have protected her. Tabitha not only endured the abuse herself, she was the terrified witness to her mother and sister receiving the same thing. When she turned 18, Tabitha finally moved out on her own and began attending college in the hopes of obtaining a nursing degree. While her life was relatively peaceful, she still worried about her mother and spoke with her as often as she could. Something changed towards the end of 2007 as Tabitha noticed her father’s paranoia and violence escalating and she began again to attempt to assist her mother in fleeing the state, but those attempts were to no avail due to her mother’s paralyzing fear. Tabitha even reached out to the police, who told her there was simply nothing that could be done. In January of 2008, Tabitha lived a daughter’s worst nightmare when she walked into her childhood home and found both of her parents dead. Her father had taken the life of her mother and then turned the gun on himself. Tabitha’s life seemed to come to a standstill at that moment and the years that followed seemed to be a downward spiral of despair. Tabitha had to move into the home where her parents died, she went through a horrible break-up shortly after that left her with no food, no job and a more shattered life. Tabitha was determined to push on, and did so by continuing in school and trying to make ends meet. She finally managed to obtain a better job but misfortune struck again when she was hit head on by an 18-wheeler on the interstate.

In an accident that very well should have claimed her life, she managed to walk away with only scratches and a demolished car. Because of the memories associated with it, she moved out of her parents’ home and into her own apartment and purchased her own vehicle. That however, wasn’t meant to be because shortly after parking the car at work one day a tree fell on it and crushed the car. A few months after that, Tabitha was assaulted in her own home by an intruder. This would be her turning point. Tabitha decided to sell her parent’s abandoned home and moved again. It was during this point that she realized how much she loved helping others because she wants to see people succeed and she does her best to help those who need it. According to her advisor Mrs. Caitlin Moffitt, Tabitha has “amazed and astounded those who know her” because of her desire to carry on and make things better not just for herself, but for others as well. Mrs. Moffitt says that before Tabitha came along, the Associated General Contractors club really didn’t have anyone who took the initiative to get projects set up for the group, but that Tabitha has become their go-to girl for that, like setting up a project at the children’s home at the Chambliss Shelter as well as helping with the Widow’s Harvest program, and is actively involved as the secretary for the group. Mrs. Moffitt is very proud of Tabitha and all she has accomplished. Tabitha continues to be inspired and uplifted by her best friend as well as her advisor Mrs. Moffitt. Tabitha single handedly received over $800 worth of donations for Chattanooga State’s Students for Students program, actively volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, sponsored three children from the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree at Christmas, donated over $500 worth of ice cream from her job to the local community kitchen, and all this only scratches the surface. Tabitha will be graduating from Chatt State this summer and will be continuing her education at UTC, as she is dual enrolled there now. Tabitha’s life may not be a fairy tale, but she wouldn’t have had it any other way, because everything that has happened in her life has made her who she is today. These moments, as horrible as they were, shaped her into the very well rounded young woman she is today. She is truly a remarkable person and everyone can learn something from her story. Not the least of which is that there isn’t anything in your life that isn’t able to be overcome, you just have to keep fighting and keep walking.

website, he will immediately review compensation to police officers at all levels to ensure they are paid fairly. On March 5 2013, the polls will open for Satterfield indicates he intends to Chattanooga voters to select city’s new restructure the departments, reducing mayor. Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littleexcessive administration to put more offield has reached his two-term limit; the ficers on the streets. Satterfield’s boldest big decision on the ballot will be for his campaign promise: to appoint an “ethireplacement. cal purchasThere are ing agent” three players to eliminate in the runillegal and ning: Chester improper Heathington, procedures a perennial that show candidate in favor or bias local races, towards former city big interest transportation companies. director Guy Tennessee, Satterfield and District 10, State Senator State SenaAndy Berke. tor, Andy Two key platBerke, is the form issues for Chattanooga’s mayoral third mayoral candidate listed on the race: crime and fiscal responsibility. ballot. Berke’s campaign website shares At a UTC hosted, mayoral forum, Chester a more traditional approach to tackling Heathington made the bold promise “… Chattanooga’s crime rate. His focus is within the first 50 days of my adminon rehabilitation to ensure that offendistration, we can cut crime down by 50 ers do not repeat their mistakes. As percent.” In addition, while speaking mayor, Berke plans to “…adopt a system at the East Dale Recreational Center, of transparency and accountability and Heathington said he would eliminate the renew a focus on a City government that gang task force due to their “inefficiengets results.” Of the three candidates, cy”. Heathington has an aggressive plan Berke is the only candidate currently when it comes to city spending. Heathholding an elected position. His camington says he also plans to cut spendpaign touts his track record for fighting ing on criminal rehabilitation. Instead, to increase funding for law enforceHeathington plans to institute a Veteran ment; community services focused Affairs office in City Hall to provide more on reducing crime; punishing violent jobs for military veterans. offenders; and helping young people Candidate, Guy Satterfield has a very avoid a life of crime. different approach to the crime problem Registered voters, with photo ID can in Chattanooga. Satterfield is focused on support the candidate of their choice by addressing problems within the Chatvisiting assigned polling locations. Polls tanooga Police Department. According to open at 8 a.m. on March 5 and close Satterfield’s campaign that day at 7 p.m. By Jenny Allen Staff Writer

Chattanooga State’s Got Talent By Clay Cofer Assistant Editor

There are many talented students across campus without a chance to showcase their abilities to a large audience. However, these students will have their chance during Chattanooga State’s (CSCC) annual talent show. The Activities Programming Board (APB) held auditions during the month of February to determine the talent show’s contestants. APB President Amber Vaughn, states that “10 - 15 acts [will] perform [in

front of a panel of judges, selected from members of student leadership.]” The event will be hosted by guest, Joel Ruiz. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three contestants. First place will receive a $300 prize, second place a $200 prize and third a $ 100 prize. Vaughn also states that there will alsobe a $50 prize for the “crowd favorite.” Students are invited to be audience members for the show in the Humanities Auditorium at 7:00p, March 7.


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Contest Honors the Memory By Jenny Allen Staff Writer On Tuesday, February 19th, the winners of the annual John Stigall Poetry Contest were announced to a sizeable crowd in the Augusta R. Kolwyck Library. This poetry contest honors the memory of John Stigall, Chattanooga State’s “Poet in Residence” and honored Literature Professor from 1980-2001. Not only did he author five books of poetry, he was also an accomplished spoken word artist who was featured in countless live performances, including radio and television. Among the crowd were several dear friends and family members of Mr. Stigall, including his son John Stigall Jr., who hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps as a college professor of philosophy. Mrs. Iris Stigall provided a lovely introduction with stories of her late husband’s trials and successes, providing an uplifting story of accomplishment and a life well lived. Mrs. Stigall thanked the Poetry Committee, including Rachel Falu, Debbie Rudd, Erica Lux and Josh Tucker, for naming the contest after her husband, seeing it as a lovely way to honor his name. She ended with the words that Professor Stigall frequently passed on to his students. “Accept no limitations

Experience Talks Jennifer Redmond Editor-in-Chief

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) and The Company Lab (CO. Lab) will host the second Experience Talks seminar series. The series includes ten free seminars that are scheduled to have begun on February 26 and conclude on December 10. All sessions will take place at the Camp House located at 1427 Williams Street. This series was designed to expose new high growth startups and existing small business owners to successful local and regional entrepreneurs who will share their experiences of facing and creatively overcoming obstacles that led to their achievement in business. The series additionally utilizes casual panel discussions and time for questions and answers with these experienced business executives. This series provides a great opportunity for networking as well, while learning about what has made other small companies succeed. CO. Lab joins TSBDC again in hosting the 10 seminar series. CO. Lab exists to increase the viability of start-ups in

and dream big!” Rachel Falu, Chair of the 2013 Poetry Committee, paid special thanks to Darrin Hassevoort and the Humanities and Fine Arts Division for funding the valuable tradition. She then introduced each of the three finalists as they came forward to share their poems. In third place was Staff Photo By Jenny Allen Amanda Gilbert with her poem entitled from Left to Right is Christine K. Donohue (2nd place), Te’ara Jones (1st place) and Amanda Gil“With Every Breath”. Second place went bert (3rd place) to Christine K. Donohue with “We All Represent the World”. In first place was Te’ara Jones with her empowering piece titled “Black Renaissance”.

Chattanooga by connecting them with the mentorship, resources, and capital they need to be successful. Cohutta Banking Company, a division of Synovus Bank, returns as the sponsor of the event. Cohutta Banking Company’s commitment and continuing effort to improve economic development in the region has forged a successful and longlasting relationship with the TSBDC. The TSBDC provides free business counseling and training services to small and start-up businesses in a nine county region that includes Bledsoe, Franklin, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, Rhea, Sequatchie, Van Buren and Warren counties. Their offices are located in the Hamilton County Business Development Center at 100 Cherokee Boulevard, Suite 202. Other partners for the event include the Greater Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration, both of whom provide funding for the TSBDC. TSBDC also operates as an entity of Chattanooga State Community College. For more information or to register call (423)7568668 or go to their website at www.

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The Ides of March Idus Martii

By Elliot Borman Staff Writer The ides of March are observed in honor of the assassination of Julius Caesar. On March 15th Julius Caesar’s life was brutally taken by a group of Senators. Caesars radical beliefs emphasizing expansion, legislation, and his egomaniacal attitude made him a target for assassination by the Senators of Rome, who were also known as “the liberators”. His desire to change Rome’s republican policy, as well as to declare himself dictator for life, became the justifiable means to his downfall, which lead only to civil unrest throughout the Roman Republic. Caesar is known for using his army to expand the Republic against Senate legislation, crossing the Mediterranean into Egypt. Alienating Senators with radicalism, ultimately is what brought on his death, as the Roman Republic remained in chaos and Civil

War. His legacy goes down as the final Caesar of Rome, before the capital antagonistically reestablished itself under an empirical government. The plot to kill Caesar came from below and was led by Marcus Junius Brutus, to clear the Republics name of Caesar’s authoritarian dictatorship. Caesar was attacked by over 60 liberators. Stabbed to death, Caesar is recalled as pleading for help and declaring the attack worthy of crucifixion. Servillus Casca lunged forward, stripping Caesar of his colored tunic, and with his dagger drawn, began stabbing the dictator through the neck, followed by the rest of his coconspirator’s, in an attempt to bring about the stabilization of the empire. According to historical records, as well as William Shakespeare’s story Julius Caesar, Caesar was stabbed 23 times, with only one wound, the one to his chest, being fatal. His last words were reported to have been, “you too child?” directed towards Brutus, his betrayer.

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New Video Game Releases Brutus fled, declaring “People of Rome, we are once again free!” Idus Martii originally celebrated the Roman God Mars and military excursion. But, Rome found itself after Caesars assassination, it brought about a complete transition from an empirical government to a republic, from paganism to Catholic monotheism, and from lunar to the newly established Roman calendar.

A notion of time. Daylight Savings Time. By Elliot Borman Staff Writer The US government has created the standard of time known as daylight savings time. Passing legislation back in 2007, time has officially been altered by our government. With approval of only 45% of the American population, the majority think it is necessary, while the 40% minority, according to the Rasmussen Reports, think that time should stay the same and not be changed to adapt to daylight hours. The early to bed early to rise mentality of the original congress has officially been polled and people agree we need to savor daylight, by adopting the concept from the German Colonial Empire, prior to World War I. The United States made Daylight Savings a federal standardized law in 1918, effectively extending daylight hours. “Daylight is a lot better than night,” Chelsea Rankin, a sophomore in veterinary technology said. “You can be a lot more productive when you can see [during the day].” Since the transition in 2007, there are more late hours of daylight later in the fall and earlier in the spring seasons. Daylight seems to affect more than just the productivity of students.

“An extra hour of daylight would help my day because when it’s dark it is kind of a pain and is less motivating when its pitch black outside” Victoria Lewis, a psychology student in Middle College said. Overall, it seems as if when the sun is out students can focus and be more productive as explained by Matt

Mahon a sophomore in mechanical engineering. He explained how losing an hour when living west of Hamilton County prevents overall productivity by eliminating time that can be spent working and making money. The correlation was explained as east of the Tennessee River’s western crossing constitutes EST, the exception being Bledsoe, Cumberland, Hardin, and Marion Counties, which lie west of the river head. “It takes two hours to get home, because it takes an hour then you pick up an extra hour, [and] that is the challenge, because I’d get off at five and wouldn’t get back until seven. Its two hours [you’re not working]” Mahon said. Time will change, leaping forward one hour earlier or, in other words time moves ahead one hour, so at 2:00 on March 10, 2013 when the time changes, it will actually be 3:00. “The day is not nearly as productive when half the day is wasted by the winter seasons because how much daylight is cut off,” Rankin said. So don’t forget to “Spring Forward!”

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Catching up with Softball Head Coach Blythe Golden By Michael Williams Staff Writer Having just returned from their second tournament trip to Florida, Coach Golden had this to say about how the tournament helped them all. “I’m very proud of our performances and each trip produced different results. But one positive element of this group is the leadership from our three returners and two transfer sophomores. Our team has twelve freshmen and to have these young ladies, Lacey Walker, Haley Fagan and Shelby Robertson, take on the role of leaders is so important for our future success.” When asked the million dollar question about what will be the key to winning this season, Coach Golden said, “Without any hesitation, I will point to our hitting and pitching, two areas we will have to improve. A good season for our team this year will be to win against good teams in our conference. Right now those teams are Columbia State, Walter State and VOL State.” Coach Golden added that the teams next games will be Thursday and Friday at Cleveland State.


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By Michael Williams Staff Writer Chattanooga State Community College played host to Chattanooga native Darrell Freeman Sr. Feb. 26. His visit to campus rounds off the campus’ observance of Black History Month. Freeman is this semester’s featured speaker of the Empowering the College Man series. His message: “Paving the Way: A Foundation for Success” is deeply rooted in his connection to this community and his own experiences. Freeman grew up in the Orchard Knob community in the 1960’s. As the child of two parents who did not finish high school, Freeman became a two-time graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, as well as expanding his horizons to travel the world through his endeavors in education and entrepreneurship. “It is an honor to be a guest at Chattanooga State and offer a personal message that could positively impact even one life,” Mr. Freeman said. “Education and mentorship were two of the most critical elements in my success, and hopefully I can inspire the members of the Chattanooga State community the way my mentors inspired me.” As the speaker launched into addressing the crowd, the feeling of sitting in the crowd disappeared. There is a saying, when a person speaks in the manner of that of Darrell Freeman Sr., “he is preaching to the congregation”. Freeman’s voice resonated in such a way; he garnered everyone’s complete attention. Every word empowered. He offered the kind of insight needed for productive self-reflection. For this writer, it was as if he saw into the very soul of each and every individual’s failures, delusions and fears. The faculty-staff dining room filled with Chattanooga State students; mostly male students, both traditional and non-traditional and a few nicely dressed women in the room. Freeman delivered his thoughts and encouragement in such a way, the time felt more like a one-on-one rather than a full room. His message was direct, powerful and inviting, as he challenged his audience, to not get caught-up in their past mistakes, or blame others for their shortcomings, but to move forward. “Life is not about where you have been or who you were, instead it is about what you are willing to do today!” said Freeman The take away: From this moment on,

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STEM School Visitors Jennifer Redmond Editor-in-Chief

Recently, Chattanooga State’s STEM school had the opportunity to open their doors to groups of 7 through 9 grade girls. The visits were in recognition of National Engineers Week with Chatt State’s Engineering Technology Division introducing 160 area seventh, eighth, and ninth grade girls to the benefits and career opportunities available with an education that emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The girls attended Celebrate Awesome by attending morning and afternoon workshops that highlighted each of the STEM areas of interest. The morning sessions covered science in nuclear energy, technology and robotics, engineering activity, and math and computers. Their afternoon sessions focused on science in chemistry, technology in design, electronics, and math games. During lunch, the girls were part of a panel discussion that featured women with careers in various STEM related industries. For more information about Engineering Technology career programs and 2+2 transfer programs offered by Chattanooga State, call (423)697-4434 or visit


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the active role we engage in and what we do, determine our future. A successful owner and founder of several businesses Freeman is the executive chairman of Zycron, Inc., an information technology services and solutions firm he founded in 1991. The company presently employs over 330 professionals across the country. Freeman started Zycron with $2,000 in credit cards and a 150-square foot office. He was a young entrepreneur seeking a way to support his family and have the flexibility to be present while he and his wife raised their four children. Today, Zycron is a leading provider of IT consulting, IT governance and outsourcing. It is one of the largest IT consulting firms based in Tennessee. Black EnterpriseMagazine listed Zycron #76 among service companies on its BE 100s list, an annual report on the nation’s largest black businesses.

Freeman holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University, but even more important to those in attendance, Mr. Freeman attended Chattanooga State Community College. Recently, Governor Bill Haslam appointed Freeman to the Tennessee Board of Regents where he will serve the higher education community through 2016. Freeman has also served as moderator for the Chattanooga State’s Math Emporium event, Peter Y. Peter. The Empowering the College Man luncheon is sponsored by Multicultural Affairs, Project AHEAD, Student Government Association, and Title I of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Act of 2006.

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) and Lattimore, Black, Morgan and Cain, PC (LBMC) have teamed up to present the Strategic Management Learning System (SMLS): Run your business-Don’t let it run you. The series will take place at the TSBDC located at 100 Cherokee Boulevard and is geared toward entrepreneurs, managers, and self-employed professionals. Those who participate will immediately be able to apply the techniques they have learned in the workshops to grow their own businesses and build skills utilizing proven step-by-step instructions. There will also be the opportunity to learn from others through examinations of real world case studies. These sessions will meet once per month from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., they began Feb. 26 and will run through December 10 with the cost of each session being $35. LBMC partner Jim Callihan says, “In this tough economic environment, it’s more important than ever that entrepreneurs are equipped with an understanding of cash flow management and other key business skills, which is why LBMC is happy to partner with TSBDC in delivering the SMLS series.”


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even though we were their last ticket of the night they treated it as if it was their first. The Community Pie falls short to expectations The ambience of the restaurant is but Elemental exceeds expectations relaxed. It is like a French country By Nathan P. Gayle for about ten minutes for someone to restaurant teleported to Chattanooga. Art Director give her a fork and a knife because her There is a cool old white rustic tractor pizza had also gone limp. I had the Hot in the middle of the restaurant that My wife and I like to not only travel to Hawaiian pizza and Raw Kale side. My splits the bar area from the chef’s area. cities for the sights but for their food wife had the Lamb Sausage pizza. these fine cities can offer. We are what With the menu changing with the I see the potential of this place. It some folks might call “foodies”. We do seasons; I think my wife and I have looks cool but sometimes you can cool found a new restaurant to go to. not like, what I like to call, steroid fast out your customers. I would go there food restaurants. This would cover your If you want to empress a signifiagain in a few months to give them basic chain restaurants where they only cant other, your parents or a busipreheat everything and almost everything another try. But I will give them one ness partner I would say take them to piece of advise here; If you have three Elemental but if you just want a few comes frozen. You know the ones. They bartenders working the bar it would are usually around malls or in the food cocktails and a good beer selection go courts of said malls. We like creativity in make sense that one would work the to the Community Pie. our food selection. We like for the expe- bar area customers, the second would make the restaurant’s drinks and the rience to be unique to the restaurant. third would back the others instead of So when there is a new restaurant that is locally owned and is opening near all three running around in chaos. But they do have a huge beer selection and our house we tend to get a little excited one of the most expensive beers I have about it. In the month of February there were ever heard of being on tap called the Southern Tier Creme Brulee at eleventwo local restaurant openings. That’s fifty a pint. I might go back there after kray. Is it Christmas? My Birthday? O’ a Nightfall concert but I am not going how the skies have parted and have let to go out of my way to go there. me and my wife become “tourist in our The other restaurant was Elemenown town.” One of the restaurants that has open tal. Elemental is a local and regional sustainable restaurant. Most of the in the downtown Chattanooga area is a pizza joint called the Community Pie. It food is locally grown and raised. The beer selection is also regional with the is from the people who brought Chatfarthest brewery being in St. Lewis. tanooga Sticky Fingers, Taco Mamacita and Urban Stack. With a family tree like Even the wine that is there has a local tie or two. They have taken the local that how can one not be excited about this new pie restaurant that serves fresh restaurant to the next level and yet back to the way restaurants used to do made daily Gelatos. Right? business less than forty years ago. Well let me tell you about my The restaurant is open. When I experience there. We went there a week say open I mean open. They have a after it opened. The beautiful and very “Chef’s table” or more like “Chef’s thought out restaurant was busy for bar”; that is to say the cooks are right a Thursday night. We, my wife and I, there in front of you kind of like sitting walked up to the hostess. We told her at a sushi bar. It brings a new experithat we had two in our party. You know ence to enjoying your food. The best the normal exchange of conversation way that I could describe it, is it is like one has with the hostess. She says that a fancy diner. we can wait ten minutes for a table or if The staff runs like a well oiled mawe wanted to go to the bar we could sit chine. They made us feel like we were right down and get started. We did not care where we were sitting so we decided the only people in the restaurant. We started off with a Flatbread on the bar area. To keep this short. We waited about that was adorned with Bacon Marmaten minutes before one of the three bar- lade, Bleu Cheese and Arugula. We tenders talked to us. He gave us a menu. then were treated with Kale Two Ways Fifteen minutes later he took our order. and Sesame Seed Vinaigrette. And for our Main I had the Roasted Pork with My drink was only filled once. After the Creamed Corn, Rainbow Chard and, pizza reached the bar area it had been the best surprise in my opinion, the sitting in the back for a while. My pizza Apple Relish. My wife had the Grilled was cold and the pineapple had made Trout with Charred Brussel Sprouts, the crust soggy and throw in the flavor of extremely burnt dough it just made all Glazed Carrots and Cornbread Panhopes of redemption for the bad service zanella. Everything was cooked to perfection crushed. My wife waited

Rating out of Ten: Community Pie — four and half Elemental — Eight

For more information about these restaurants visit their websites and elementalchattanooga. com/ or like them on Facebook at or elementalrestaurant

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March is women’s History Month

The observance of women’s history is can be more than reflecting on the past. Every year the observance rolls around and the mere mention of Women’s History Month may invoke varying historical events which are commonly associated to women; For example, the women’s suffrage movement.

Check your knowledge of Famous Women with ties to Tennessee: Shannen Doherty ­­­­______ Lizzie Croz __________ Dinah Shore__________ Hattie Caraway________ Kathy Bates __________ Bessie Smith _________ Reese Witherspoon _____ Nancy Ward __________ Aretha Franklin ________ Wilma Rudolph ________ Jackie Mitchell _________ Christina Hendricks ______ Oprah Winfrey _________ Dolly Parton ___________ Anne Dallas Dudley ______ Patricia Sue Head Summitt __ Dixie Carter ___________ Grace Moore __________ Miley Cyrus ___________ Tina Turner ___________ Bettie Mae Page ________ Park Overall __________ Annie Potts __________ Cybill Shepherd _______ Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon ____ Lark Voorhies _________ *SOURCE:

Foolish Fun

Just when you’ve evaded the St. Patrick’s Day finger pinching tradition by wearing green, the prankster’s Super Bowl of holiday rolls forward. Yup, April Fools Day is just around the corner. The creative and mischievious plot to stun and mystify. The gullible brace for each

A. Known as the “Queen of Soul”. Known for her big hits, “RESPECT,” “Freeway Of Love,” and “I Knew You Were Waiting (for me).” B. Knoxville, Tn native, this A series Rock and Roller born in Nutbush, best remembered by her hit album “Private Dancer”. G. Was a star member of the Tennessee State University track team and on September 7th, 1960, in Rome, she became the first American woman to win 3 gold medals in the Olympics. H. Academy Award winning actress, won an Oscar for best actress in the 1963 film “Hud.” Starred in numerous movies, Broadway shows, and television shows. In 1965 was stricken by 3 cerebral aneurisms and was in a comma for 3 weeks. In 1978, Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville dedicated the its Rehabilitation Center in her honor. The center serves as part of Her paralysis victim advocacy. I. Popular actress starred in many movies including, The Stand, Dolores Claiborne, Titanic, The Waterboy, Fried Green Tomatoes, and perhaps best known for her portrayal as the obsessed axe wielding psycho in the Steven King film “Misery.” J. at the age of 17, Mitchell pitched a Lookouts exhibition game, striking out Babe Ruth. K. Actress best known for her role as nurse “Laverne,” in the 90’s television sitcom “Empty Nest.” L. Teacher, advocate for children and women’s rights and first woman to address Tennessee’sGeneral Assembly M. Born in Winchester, TN she was a famous singer, actress, and talk show host. Won 9 Emmys, a Peabody Award, and a Golden Globe Award. *N. Famous opera singer, and actress, was known as the “Tennessee Nightingale.” Moore died on January 26, 1947 in a terrible plane crash after performing in Stockholm, Sweden. O. The first woman elected to serve as a United States Senator. P. Actress best known for her role as “Lisa Turtle” in TV’s “Saved By the Bell”. Q. assisted settlers and known as a Warrior, prophetess and “Beloved Woman” of the Cherokee nation R. Former American model who became famous in the 1950’s for her fetish modeling and pin-up photos. While she faded into obscurity in the 1960’s after her conversion to Christianity, she experienced a resurgence of popularity in the 1980’s and now has a significant cult following. S. Actress known for her starring roles in movies including “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Legally Blonde,” and in 2006, she took home the best actress Oscar for her role as June Carter Cash in the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line.” T. Famous country comedian best known for her stint on TVs “Hee Haw.” Also known for her famous “price tagged hats,” and her big “HOWDY” greetings. Minnie Pearl died on March 4, 1996 from complications from a stroke. U. A national and state leader in the woman suffrage movement. V. Sultry southern actress best known for her role as “Julia Sugarbaker” on the hit television series “Designing Women.” Was married to actor Hal Holbrook. W. country music star, song writer, actress, author, and owner of Dollywood theme park. X. Best known for her role in the television series “Designing Women.” Y. Was the most popular female blues singer in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Made over 160 recordings in her career. Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in 1937. Z. Singer, songwriter, actress, best known for her starring role as “Hannah Montana” on the hit Disney Channel television series.

onvincing ruse. When planning a prank, it is wise to consider laws, the potential damage a prank may cause and whether the prank will be considered humourous by anyone other than you. Examples of some fun pranks: Reprogram autocorrect with funny

words so everytime the word “and” or “it” or “the” is typed, a funny phrase replaces it. Coating a bar of soap with clear nail polish; Taping an air horn or bells to an office chair; Cover a friend’s car with post it notes; Cover a computer mouse wherl with

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Dell donation

ByJenny Allen Staff Writer The Cooperative Response Center (CRC), based in Dunlap, generously donated seven Dell computers to the network management degree program at Chattanooga State. The servers were delivered by Dave Rutherford of CRC to Chattanooga State business department head, Ed Southeard, and networking information systems instructor, Randy Ricketson. The website for CRC says the company “is a nationwide, cooperatively owned and operated, 24/7 contact center, central station, and software provider. Found in 1992, CRChas steadily increased in the size and scope of its operation. CRC provides services primarily to rural electric utilities, including after-hours dispatch, round-the-clock customer care, and monitoring of security and medical alarms.” CRC has offices in Dunlap, TN, Austin, MN and Abilene, TX. Chattanooga State networking information systems instructor, Randy Ricketson, said the “the Dell servers, ranging from the *PowerEdge 1850* to the *PowerEdge 2850*, are a great addition to our Network Management program. This equipment will provide our students with critical hands-on skills such as configuring RAID and hardware maintenance, as well as general operating systems and services setup and configuration.” Ricketson went on to say that “students will also be able to arrange advanced server configurations such as load balancing and failover clusters. All of these are critical skills needed by area employers.” For more information call (423) 6974441 or visit business-information-technologies.

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Reasons YOU should see your advisor!

The signs are large. They’re everywhere. March is Advising month - see your advisor! Then comes the inner monologue; you know, the one that says “why now?” Or rather, the one which thinks of tomorrow as this mystical land where 99% of all productivity, motivation and achievement is stored. If either thought refers to you, keep reading. The remaining space is dedicated to reasons you might need to darken your advisor’s door. * to connect with one real person, * because your advisor might be able you can always call, see or email with to see errors in transfer credits or the questions posting of repeat credits * to change catalog year * because your advisor may have a *to change majors helpful suggestion to help you in a *to declare a major course you’re having difficulty in * to discuss a class that may be giving * to help you determine the number you trouble of hours to take as well as whether to * to discuss the requirements for your take something online or in a classdegree plan room * to check for registration holds * may find you can finish your degree * to discuss summer school program sooner * to review degree audit * may save you time and MONEY * to check academic progress * to help you get what you want out of * to discuss ChSCC course repeat your classroom and campus experipolicy ence * to evaluate transfer credit * because, the better they know you, * to discuss internships the more likely you’ll have another * to check on scholarship opportuniperson you can ask for a reference ties when you need one * to seek help in balancing a course * can refer you to the right place and load person on campus to get help or infor* to see if there are new courses commation ing in your area of study *To have a partner for success * to make sure your registering for *To explore majors and academic courses you’re prepared for programs *To make sure your taking the right *To help you understand academic classes programs and policies

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Engineer Student Wins Two Scholarships By Jennifer Redmond Editor-in-Chief

receives from the NRC. Woods, who was thrilled to receive Chattanooga State student Alex both scholarships, was elected as the Woods was recently named as one of first president of Chattanooga State’s the first recipients of the Kent Hamlin newly established charter chapter of Memorial Scholarship that is awarded the American Nuclear Society. Along by the American Nuclear Society with maintaining a 4.0 GPA, he volun(ANS). The ANS plays a very importeers at Siskin Children’s Institute and tant role in helping students complete is active with many social and educatheir college education and helping tion club functions. After he graduates them prepare for careers in nuclear in May, he will take part in a six-month science and technology (NS&T). There paid internship at each of TVA’s nuclewere only two of these scholarships, ar power facilities. Once he has enough each for $1000, awarded in the United experience under his belt, he intends to States. pass the National Registry of Radiation Woods also received an award, apProtection Technicians (NRRPT) exam proximately $1,800, from the Nuclear and to ultimately become a certified Regulatory Commission (NRC) for health physicist. the spring 2013 semester. The NRC The ANS awards more than 20 scholscholarship “provides funding to arships named after pioneers and support nuclear science, engineering, leads in the field of NS&T annually to and related disciplines to develop a students with outstanding academic workforce capable of supporting the credentials. The Kent Hamlin Memodesign, construction, operation, and rial Scholarship is awarded to only regulation of nuclear facilities and the two, two-year associate degree cansafe handling of nuclear materials,” didates who are participating in the according to its website. As a recipient U.S. nuclear power industry’s Nuclear of the scholarship, Woods is required Uniform Curriculum Program (NUCP) to work for six months in a nuclearand who demonstrate an interest in, related field for each of the full or as well as a commitment to, a career in partial-year academic scholarships he the industry.

The Good Times Glowed

By Clay Cofer Assistant Editor Lights flickered around the gymnasium, cast by a spinning disco ball. Dozens of ribbons, balloons and hats of neon yellow, orange, pink and green blazed underneath a series of black lights. The good times were glowing at Chattanooga State. Attendees danced for hours in the gymnasium, stepping heavily to many famous dances. The live DJ’s music pulsed through a crowd of students, friends and staff. The event was held in order to help campus clubs raise funds by selling Mardis Gras-themed treats, recruit potential members and introduce the members of various clubs to one another. The event proved to be a very enjoyable success. More than 70 people attended the event, each club gained needed exposure and social connections were established. Events like this are frequently happening on campus, and getting involved is easier than dancing. Look around campus for student life flyers. Each one will have schedule of upcoming events that any student is welcome to join.


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Lowe Featured Presenter for NROC

By Jenny Allen Staff Writer Chattanooga State’s own assistant vice president, Judy Lowe, was the featured presenter for a web seminar on February 28th at 2 p.m. (EST). This “webinar”, sponsored by the National Repository for Online Courses Network (NROC), focused on the topic of “Using NROC Math to Prepare for College Placement Exams.” “This session will share the rationale, process, initial results and next steps for expanding the use of the resources to accelerate student paths through Developmental Math,” said Lowe. The NROC Math content has been piloted by Chattanooga State Community College to assist students retaking college placement exams. Current Chattanooga State students as well as those in

middle school, high school and other colleges can access NROC multimedia content for free through HippoCampus. The public website also allows free access to instructors that contribute to the multimedia content. Although institutions must pay a membership fee, organizations that assist disadvantaged students are granted membership privileges at no cost. Here at Chattanooga State, the wealth of information on HippoCampus is accessible through a link on the college’s homepage. The NROC website describes itself as “a growing library of high-quality online course content for students and faculty in higher education, high school and Advanced Placement. This non-profit project, supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, is an Open Education Resource (OER) and facilitates collaboration among a community of content developers to serve students and teachers worldwide.”

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CSF’s New Chair By Jenny Allen Staff Writer The Chattanooga State Foundation recently announced that Archie Meyers will be replaced as chair. Alan L. Cates, a partner with Husch Blackwell LLP, will serves as the new Foundation chair for the next two-year term. Cates has a varied arsenal of experience behind him including, counseling tax-exempt organizations, taxation, trusts, estate planning, business succession planning and even probate issues. Cates also served as the Planning Giving Officer for the University of Tennessee prior to entering private practice in 1975. In addition, Michael B. Lawley has joined the Chattanooga State Foundation Board of Directors, serving as

The players did all of the right things

p.m. as well as twice on Saturday starting at noon, what his expectations are and what is the key to winning, Coach did). But in their second game, they had Dennis had this to say. “I have thirteen what Coach Dennis calls “a perfect game, players from last year’s team. These are going 15 up and 15 down, shutting them seasoned players who have played for me out with a strong defensive effort by our and understand what we, my staff and I, pitchers, and offensively, hitting the ball expect on the field. The mound rotation with patience and power. When talking of Tyler McClure, Tyler Clout (freshman) about their first conference game, which is against Cleveland State on Friday at 2

Catching up with Head base- at the right time and in the right way, ball Coach Greg Dennis displaying their will to win (which they By Michael Williams Staff Writer After attending the first of the two home games last Monday when Chattanooga State’s own Tigers took on Tennessee Westland, they played an amazing game.

Lookout Wild Film Festival to Feature Outdoor Films press release

Chattanooga considers itself a worldclass city for outdoor enthusiasts and this March, Chattanoogans will get a chance for some world-class outdoor entertainment. The Lookout Wild Film Festival presented by Get Out Chattanooga will bring the best outdoor, adventure and conservation films from around the

world to the Chattanooga Choo Choo March 22-24. The LWFF is a brand new film festival, created to showcase wild places and filmmaking in the Southeast, but includes talent from around the world. “We think the festival is at the intersection of a number of efforts gaining momentum in Chattanooga,” said

festival director Andy Johns. “The region is trying to bring in film projects as well as promote outdoor tourism and sustainability. The Lookout Wild Film Festival is where those ideas come together on screen.” To select the films, committee members reviewed more than 40 hours of films from 18 countries including New Zealand, Austria and Argentina.  “So far our screening team has been from Tennessee mountaintops to Norwegian fjords, from above the clouds to the bottom of the ocean,” said festival director Andy Johns. “We’re really looking forward to bringing the best of these films to Chattanooga.”  The submissions show a variety of topics matching the festival’s mission of showcasing wild places and the people they inspire. This includes rock climbing, climate change, whitewater paddling, polar exploration and hang gliding.  “The most amazing thing about screening films for our festival is seeing the different perspectives the film

a member of the Foundation’s Gifts Review Committee. Lawley brings 14 years of senior management experience both as the current vice president of technology shared services for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and as the former vice president of information technology and security for Emdeon Business Services, formerly known as WebMD. He is also skilled in information technology engineering, operations, security, governance, risk and compliance. To learn more about the Chattanooga State Foundation, contact Holly Reeve, Chattanooga State associate vice president, leadership and fund development at (423) 697-2630 or

defense, while some of our key players are batting 300-330, creating a lot of on base opportunities. Cleveland State is a good team, and represents a great way to measure early where we stand now and what it will take to become better as a team.” Thanks to Coach Dennis for taking time out of his busy schedule and we wish them all the best of luck this season. makers offer,” says Christina Holmes, a Chattanooga hang glider pilot and LWFF board member. “We’re seeing the natural world filtered through their ideas and experiences and through their lens. I think we all understand life from our own perspectives, and this festival allows us to expand our view of the world in a way not possible with any other medium.” David Porfiri, President Chattanooga Film Society agrees. “It is a natural for Chattanooga to have an outdoorthemed film festival to complement the wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities in the area,” he said. “Not everyone can scale a rock wall or shoot down heart pounding rapids, but through the film medium, we can still experience it.” For more information like the facebook page at


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Finding your “spot” on Campus

By Jennifer Redmond Editor-in-Chief Every student has been there; driving around campus in so many circles that you wind up cross-eyed and dizzy. It can be one of the most frustrating aspects to college life. What is it? Finding a parking spot where you don’t have to walk a million miles to get to class. So what can students do? It is fairly simple; parking lot etiquette. Students can get overly frustrated with trying to find a parking spot, and it happens daily where students skip classes because they just couldn’t find a spot to park. What is the answer here? Building more parking lots? Destroying nice little patches of grass and even areas where wildlife lives to put in more parking spots? No, in the long run that just does more damage and honestly, it still is not going to address the underlying issue. Students drive through these lots every single day, wasting gas and time looking for a place to park. For some, it isn’t about getting up close to the buildings just because they can, for them, it is because physically they cannot walk those long distances lugging what feels like a ton of bricks on their backs. So these students do what

makes sense; they look for spaces closer to their classes. How many times have you as a student circled the campus trying to find a spot that is in some semblance of nearness to your classes? And as you are doing that, how many times have you watched other students get in their cars, start them, and then….just sit there. It can be a tad frustrating or flat out infuriating. So here are some suggestions and tips for parking lot etiquette. For those on the move 1. Be calm. Being angry with people who aren’t moving as quickly as you would like does nothing to help you out and in some cases it can elevate and escalate a situation. 2. Make sure you have plenty of time to find a spot on campus, even if it isn’t close to your classes. 3. Utilize the shuttle bus on campus. There are pick up spots at all of the “out of the way” parking lots and it runs all day long and drops you off right in front of the Omniplex. For those leaving for the day 1. When you get into your car, and you are leaving, be prepared to move. You know as well as anyone, driving in circles is no fun.

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2. Pay attention to those around you. There’s no use in having an accident while on campus. 3. Be aware that traffic around campus goes ONE WAY. While some may think that goes without saying, there have been a couple of close calls recently where a driver was almost hit by someone going the wrong way around campus.

Everyone on campus is here for the same reasons; either to learn or to teach. Respecting each other within the classroom is vitally important, but so is the respect shown outside of those walls. Taking care of each other, even in something as trivial to some as the parking lot, can go great distances and make a day better than it was to begin with.

BCIS Launches New Initiatives By Jenny Allen Staff Writer

would be open to graduates of Tennessee Technology Center constructionrelated programs, Department of The Building and Construction InLabor JATCs and veterans by granting stitute of the Southeast (BCIS) met practicum credit toward an Associate of recently to recognize new leadership under Jimmy Lail of Raines Brothers, Applied Science degree in Construction serving as chairperson, Dallas Rucker Management. Chairperson Jimmy Lail made very with the City of Chattanooga, serving as vice chairperson, and Bob Franklin strong and clear comments about their new initiatives. “We need to continue to of Franklin Architecture, serving as professionalize the industry by creatsecretary. This new leadership team plans to create and support new initia- ing opportunities for workers to pursue higher education and recruiting the best tives for the Institute in 2013. and brightest from high schools and our The first change involves improvcommunity into construction. Those will ing high school outreach to promote be the major goals of the BCIS in 2013.” careers in design and construction by The BCIS is a conglomerate of conutilizing the local ACE (Architecture, struction professionals that directs Construction and Engineering) Menand supports construction education tor Program and the East Ridge High in the Chattanooga area. This group School Construction Academy. Their second initiative focuses on something is composed of representatives from a variety of trades, contractors, engineers, a lot closer to home for the students educators, architects, and city officials. of Chattanooga State. The BCIS team Together they oversee the educational plans to assist with a new A.A.S. in pathways toward the construction inEngineering Systems Technology at Chattanooga State Community College dustry all the way from grade school to college. with a concentration on Construction Since the BCIS began in 2006, ChairperManagement. This new program

Left to Right: BCIS Leadership includes Bob Franklin, secretary; Dallas Rucker, vice chairperson; Jimmy Lail, chairperson; Caitlin Moffitt, BCIS co-director; Kenny Smith, past chairperson; and Roger Tuder, past chairperson

son Tuder led initiatives to start various degrees including the A.A.S. Construction Engineering Technology and the Heavy Equipment Operator programs at Chattanooga State, as well as the B.S. Construction Management program at UTC. In 2009, Chairperson Smith pursued the inte gration of technical

training course credit and promoted technical training not only in the Hamilton County School district but also in the entire Chattanooga region. If you are interested in becoming involved with the BCIS, please contact Caitlin Moffitt at Caitlin.moffitt@chattanoogastate. edu.


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February fourth brought out the bulls eye dreams in people as IM Rec hosted a dart tournament over in the HPF building. 41 people entered the tournament with two winners, one for the gentlemen, Gary Paradis, and one for the ladies, Metrri Williams. By Michael A. Williams Staff Writer INSANE PAINTBALL A great way to release stress, have fun, and at the same time be running, jumping and dodging the enemy is “Paintball”. This sport takes the participant from the sofa to the shooting range. All players are issued mask, CO2, paintball gun, and given unlimited play time under a limited agreement with ChSCC. Forms for registration are located on the IM REC door over at HPF 187 at the Wellness Center (Gym) on the main campus. Deadline for registration is April 10th, 2013. The event will be Sunday, April 14th 2013 at the Insane Paintball facility located off Amnicola Highway. CHATT STATE GETS IN SHAPE! The people at IM REC and the Fitness Center Staff will be hosting a 5k Treadmill Run & Bench Press Competition for all students, faculty & staff. There will be 4 groups of participants for the treadmill run and specific weight classes for the bench press contest: Men, Women, Men Over 40yrs and Women Over 40yrs. Open time to run will be during the event week, between 12:00pm and 4:00pm daily. The event will be from the 18th of March till the 21st of March, 2013 at the Wellness Center (Gym) on the main campus. Prizes will be given to all 1st Place Winners! For additional information and to register call 697-3207/697-2430 or email or Live NBA Game This Month Just a reminder that IM REC is sponsoring a bus trip to the Atlanta Hawks vs. Portland Trail Blazers basketball game and you might be one of the lucky people to get in on one of the few remaining seats for this month’s game. For more information, contact the people over at 697-3207 or email:

On February 22, students came together to enjoy great soul food and spend some time together. Everyone was treated to good music, laughter, and food thanks to the folks at Student Life in celebration of Black History Month.

Enjoy playing soccer with friends? How about signing up for the indoor soccer league? You have until March 19 to sign up and you can either form your own team or sign up individually to be added to a team. There will be a captain’s meeting on March 20 and you can choose to attend the one at noon or at 2 p.m. The first games will be played March 21.

IM Rec sponsored a pool tournament on campus in the game room. Out of 12 entrants, it came down to two, Gordon Bowman and Jessica Swafford. The overall champion was Bowman, with Swafford sweeping the women’s category and coming in second overall.

Chattanooga State students were given the opportunity to see what happens when they text and drive or drink and drive. Two simulators were set up in the cafeteria. The DUI simulator gave students an opportunity to soberly examine what happens if they drink and drive. In the texting simulator students saw what happens when reading, answering text messages or phone calls distracts them. Check out their Facebook page at for information on upcoming events and contests.

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On February 25, IM Rec held an air hockey tournament. Out of the 12 entrants, one stood out above the rest,Devin Merciers.



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Pisces Unwrapped By Clay Cofer Assistant Editor

March arrives to greet the fresh and budding season of spring. During this precursory month, the stars align in under the sign of the fish: Pisces. Piscean individuals generally possess some form of artistic creativity, even if they are not aware of it at a young age. These people are notorious for their emotional depth, as well as their laid back demeanor. The Piscean is a mysterious creature, seeming to provide fresh perspectives from a deeper place inside of them during conversations or discussions. This ranting them a cordial and social ease. Some current famous Pisces include Maroon 5 lead singer, Adam Levine, action icon, Chuck Norris, and “Casino Royale” star, Daniel Craig. For all the Piscean students on campus, take advantage of the naturally easy-going personality trait. Try to avoid letting feelings run too deep and create hurt, but work towards a strong sense of accomplishment in emotional endeavors. So long, and thanks for all the fish!

Movie Review:

Warm Bodies

By Chaelee Alas Staff Writer Looking to catch a movie? “Warm Bodies” is the one! This paranormal romance packed with action comedy and zombies is sure to keep you laughing. Nicholas Hoult plays a rather different kind of soul searching zombie, also known as “R”. After meeting Teresa Palmer, also known as “Julie”, it changes him in ways that he doesn’t even understand in the beginning. When R begins to have affection towards Julie things being to change, and love is being discovered. They’ll do whatever it takes to prove to everyone else, but Julie’s zombie hunting dad won’t hear of it! Lines are crossed, risks are taken and love is challenged, along with humorous, sweet and sentimental moments. The movie was raved over by many different critics from IMBd and Rotten Tomatoes, and came through the first box office weekend with $69,171,000! Grab a few friends and come see what everyone has been talking about. You won’t want to miss this!

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Students Divided on Financial Aid System

By Jenny Allen Staff Writer This is the second semester that Chattanooga State has used the acceluraid debit card system and the reaction from students is still strongly divided. While many students have seen a seamless transition from the old check arrangement, the Chattanooga State Facebook page was littered with complaints by students this semester, with the biggest grievance being incomplete refunds. While a number of these complaints were due to either not attending all of their first week classes or a few professors failing to report attendance in a timely manner, there were a few legitimate cases of simple mistakes. Another concern of students that has over lapped from last semester is the difficulty of withdrawing cash. There is only one ATM on campus, located in the cafeteria, that does not incur a fee for taking out cash. Although the lines for the ATM were considerably shorter this semester, there are still problems. The line does not always

Restaurant Review: Moe’s Southwest Grill

By Chaelee Alas Staff Writer Want a good bite to eat, but not willing to spend a fortune? Moe’s is a great place to eat! Moe’s Southwest Grill not only embraces traditional Mexican food, but also has some great fresh southwest tastes that will leave you wanting more! Famous for their queso, and known for their exceptional ingredients Moe’s has much to offer. Besides the delicious food Moe’s also has some pretty great employees! Every time you go in you will always here “Welcome to Moe’s!” Wow! Great food, great service, AND great prices?! It sounds too good to be true! There are many perks Moe’s has got to offer, but here are a few! Featured on Tuesday Nights is kid’s night! Bring in your kids, and with every adult entrée you get a free kids meal. On Sunday nights college students get 10% off their meal just by showing their student ID! Also on Moe Mondays you can get any burrito and drink for six bucks. There are so many opportunities to take advantage of and, with over 460 different Moe’s locations to choose, and every single one just as hospitable!

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