New recycling campaign September 2010
Tigers make it to World Series
Work puzzles, win prizes Volume XXIII - Issue 1
THE STUDENT VOICE OF CHATTANOOGA STATE
The Volkswagen Academy By Matt Nassar, Senior Staff Writer In 2009, Chattanooga State entered into an unprecedented partnership with Volkswagen Group of America. Through the Volkswagen Academy, Chattanooga State has taken on the challenge and responsibility of preparing an elite workforce for VW’s fast-paced, technology-rich production environment. In the years to come, Chattanooga State will train thousands of potential VW employees by developing a number of comprehensive, interdisciplinary curriculums. The myriad of disciplines will prepare students for a vast array of positions ranging from production workers to front-office employees. VW’s new 162,000-squarefoot training academy in Chattanooga officially opened this past April, one year after the company broke ground on the $40 million facility. The new state-of-the-art center—which is the first of the major buildings on VW’s sprawling manufacturing campus to be finished—was termed the gateway to its assembly plant and a model for future automotive factories. The training facility boasts a conference center, automotive center, automation center, and a vocational skills center. It also features 19 classrooms and a 100-person capacity cafeteria. In addition to developing educational programs, Chattanooga State is responsible for managing the daily operations of Volkswagen’s training center as well as recruiting and hiring employees. This undertaking includes staffing the facility with instructors and
support personnel. Recently a core team of nine experts and professionals with auto manufacturing experience traveled to Volkswagen’s training centers in Germany to observe operations and to analyze the company’s training methodologies before beginning their work at the Volkswagen Academy. Tapped to assist with educational training and program development, the Tennessee Technology Center at Chattanooga State developed a premier automotive production technology degree. The Automotive Mechatronics Program (AMP) will commence this semester and give students a competitive advantage when seeking employment with Volkswagen. According to Dr. James Barrott, vice president of technology at the Tennessee Technology Center, the training curriculum is entirely performance-driven and much of it is based on established curriculum and training in Germany, where VW has a robust, well-established training program. “The goal of the program,” Barrott explains, “is to develop the most well-trained, multi-skilled workers in the automotive industry through a unique educational program offering. It’s the only program of its kind in the country.” Admission into the program was limited to 20 individuals who began classes August 30. Barrott went on to say, “These students have a great advantage over other individuals that aim to work for Volkswagen. After finishing the program, they will have acquired the specialized skills needed to place them into jobs.” He makes certain to emphasize that students who complete the program will be given preferential consideration when applying for
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Welding classes are offered on the main campus, in Kimball and the Sequatchie Valley Technical Center.
jobs at Volkswagen. The AMP program immerses students in a comprehensive learning environment that blends classroom and laboratory instruction with hands-on experience in the Volkswagen assembly plant. The program totals nine semesters, where students will spend the first 4.5 semesters in a traditional classroom setting, doing laboratory and coursework. On-the-job training will encompass the final 4.5 semes-
ters. Another interesting note is that students will be paid during their onthe-job training at the Volkswagen plant. The curriculum will provide knowledge in mechanics, electronics, computers, robotics, hydraulics, and automation systems. As energy and automotive industries continue to drive economic development and growth in Tennessee, institutions of higher learning will continue to offer specialty vocational training in ways that meet the needs
of the workforce. Ongoing variability in a very dynamic climate prods individuals to adapt to the shifts that are frequently occurring. The partnership between Chattanooga State and Volkswagen is one that is sure to spur new growth and innovation that will last for decades to come. For more information about Automotive Mechatronics, email Edward Collins, program coordinator, at email@example.com.
SGA: Where are our leaders?
By Ashley Tibbs, Junior Staff Writer and Ryan Tyler, Editor-in-Chief
An intense presidential race this past May dragged out to the bitter end of the spring semester. The highly controversial climax was fraught with disqualified candidates, and its culmination was an untold victory for running mates Shaunda Roberts and Ryan Tyler. However, with Tyler stepping down to assume Jessie Knowles’ vacated position as editor-in-chief of The Communicator and after an unavoidable postponement of the council nominations process, president-elect Roberts was left with an empty cabinet. One summer later, despite great enthusiasm and ambitious new ideas, Roberts was forced to resign due to a family emergency. After a year of perhaps the most seamless diplomacy in recent SGA history, all six seats of the student government are suddenly vacant. Although a transition team is capable of convening in the meantime, emergency elections are likely to be held soon. It is crucial that the student body be represented by its peers in the decision- and policy-making process here at Chattanooga State. Said former student body president Dale Grisso of this unusual state of affairs, “There has not been a better time to get involved in student government. If there were ever a great opportunity to let your voice be heard, the time is now.” The purpose of the Student Government Association (SGA)
is to promote and maintain active communication between students, faculty, and administration as well as to provide a means for members of the student body to express themselves effectively in the
development and maintenance of college programs. If selected as an officer, full-time scholarships are awarded to the following open positions: president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary; with half-
scholarships currently under deliberation for the positions of chief justice and parliamentarian. The president will faithfully and diligently execute the constitution and laws of SGA while also
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SGA is looking for a few good students to fill the six empty student government chairs for the 2010-2011 school year.
calling to order meetings of the executive council before the student body. The president will maintain knowledge of the progress of each initiative SGA has sent to college administration for approval as well as monitor the progress made by each committee of students he or she has appointed. As assistant chief executive, the vice president is responsible for aiding the president in executive duties and assuming control in his or her absence, preparing an agenda 24 hours prior to any SGA meeting, consulting on the progress of all legislation sent to college administration, and keeping the SGA informed of such progress. The treasurer handles all of SGA’s financial duties by chairing the Club and Organizational Funding Committee (COFC) and preparing informational packets three weeks prior to each committee meeting, only voting in the event of a tie. The secretary keeps a record of the minutes from weekly meetings, posts important information, attends to all necessary correspondence, and acts as general office manager. The parliamentarian is responsible for the orderly conduct of all the meetings, for notifying the members of voting statuses, and for organizing a parliamentary procedure workshop for the appointed officers. And lastly, the chief justice will represent the student body for traffic appeals and judicial issues that arise on campus as well as work with the Judicial Officer and Public Safety.
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Fall fun for leaders By Eryn Odom, Junior Staff Writer As fall is getting started, students have to make the not-so-pleasant transition from sleeping in and spending days on the beach to a stricter school schedule. Now there is a way to make this adjustment more enjoyable. Chattanooga State’s Student Leadership Retreat will be held in Mount Berry, Georgia September 17 through 19, which will provide awesome scenery and a break from the norm. Director of Student Activities Justin Booker and assistant to the director of Student Activities Dorothy Chope were eager to share information concerning the retreat. Some of the highlights of the trip include night-hiking and a ropes course. This retreat is an excellent opportunity to relax, have fun, and meet new people. If these reasons aren’t convincing enough, there’s one more thing you should know: it’s free! Chattanooga State is providing its student leaders with this great opportunity so that they can begin networking. Putting names with faces is very important for the people who will be heading up various clubs and organizations around campus this year. Over the weekend, they will be building their own leadership skills as they learn how to run meetings more effectively, recruit stu-
dents to participate in their organizations, and make good use of technology in order to communicate campus-wide. Leadership seminars and other fun-oriented group activities will spark conversation among different leaders, which will create communication and lifetime friendships. An important factor in participation on the trip is taking the StrengthsFinder. Chattanooga State encourages both faculty and students to know their strengths because that knowledge makes it possible for people to come together with skills and abilities that complement one another. Dr. Catanzaro and other faculty members of the college will be speaking at the retreat, which will give the students involved an opportunity to see how their particular strengths can be turned into a profession. Each club or organization should select one representative and one alternate to be eligible for the trip. Those who submit their application early will have the best chance of participating. Wear old clothes and shoes; mud might be involved! Bring a small bag with StrengthsFinder results, money for two lunches, a few layers of warm clothing, appropriate sleep wear, a bath towel, money for dinner and shopping (optional), and an even smaller carry-on bag with a change of clothes and shoes. For more information, contact Dorothy Chope at ext. 2618.
Brand new classes for a brave new world By Matt Nassar, Senior Staff Writer As the leaves burst into flaming shades of scarlet and titian then quickly fade to russet and begin to fall, the season of autumn comes upon us once more. This can only mean one thing: class is in session again. A bustling crowd of students
and staff members gather on the first floor of the Student Center to register for classes and fill out financial aid papers or intent-tograduate forms. Among them are students who will be taking advantage of Chattanooga State’s newest classes and degree programs. An established leader in the nation’s community colleges, Chat-
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As the first day of school approaches, students rush the Student Center to register and pay for their new classes.
tanooga State offers a unique gateway to practical education. This institution of higher learning is constantly evolving in order to keep the pace with area businesses and, as a result, has become the quintessential source for skilled labor feeding the region’s booming industries. Students wishing to study subjects ranging from automotive mechatronics to solar energy technology can pursue their interests through several new degree programs and concentrations that are being unveiled this academic year. In response to the growing momentum of nuclear power production in the Chattanooga area, the college recently added degrees in radiation protection technology and nondestructive testing in order to supply skilled workers to Alstrom Power, TVA, Westinghouse Electric, and other companies associated with the nuclear industry. Other curriculums are also being prepared for the eventual influx of green jobs in the area tied to solar, wind, and other sustainable energy technologies. Today, alternative energy is emerging as an industry in its own right—one that demands trained, competent workers. In 2008, the New York Times articulated that national starting salaries for sus-
tainable energy workers range from $35,000 to $45,000 for graduates of two-year degree programs. Fortunately, for students who are attracted to the growth potential and solid starting salaries in this industry, community colleges are beginning to offer more programs and two-year degrees or certificates for prospective employees in the industry of sustainable energy. The solar energy technology concentration at Chattanooga State offers specialized courses centered on photovoltaic technology. This is a unique curriculum that will impart knowledge in engineering as well as the social sciences and environmental topics related to renewable energy. According to the college’s Web site, “students will train in the design of solar systems, components, equipment subsystems, and installations. Training will include safety, basic installations, and connecting a PV system to the electrical grid.” Relevant and timely topics in today’s green industry are being brought to the forefront—providing students with the information and training to impart solutions and ideals that help the environment. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to apply their A.A.S. degrees in a range of
engineering, design, auditing, programming, and installation careers, becoming part of the region’s fastexpanding green power sector. This is an exciting time. Today’s community college students are living on the cusp of a new industry that is certain to demand niche skills and experience. Thankfully, our institution is on the cutting-edge of the nation’s efforts to educate and train people for tomorrow’s jobs. Taking advantage of Chattanooga State’s alternative energy programs will position candidates for high job security as well as future growth. College president, Dr. James Catanzaro, has been quoted as saying, “The need for an educated, highly-skilled workforce has never been greater. Chattanooga State will continue to look toward the horizon to see what’s coming and posture itself to be of assistance to local industry and businesses. That’s what we do, and we do it quite well.” For more information about these new degree programs offered by Chattanooga State Community College, call the information hotline at (423) 697-4404 or toll free at (866) 547-3733 or visit the college’s Web site at www.chattanoogastate.edu/engineering.
Dummy’s guide to scholarships By Stephanie Holland, Assistant Editor The decision to go back to school was a no-brainer for me, but how to pay for that dream was a different story. As we all know, living expenses can be quite costly these days, considering the economy and high price of gas. And it’s even worse when you are in a single parent home. I had no idea how many scholarships are available to students based on things like their major, resident status, gender, or academic progress. Scholarships are not just for the star football player or smartest kid in class anymore. Whether you are a first time student or returning to college, there is probably a scholarship for you.
Scholarships can be a wonderful addition to help with costs as they are not required to be paid back. Some have specific requirements in order to be eligible, and some also have application deadlines. Students should check with their advisers for dates and requirements. I do know, even if you were not planning to apply for financial aid, your first step is to go to www.fafsa. ed.gov and fill out your FAFSA. It will save you time if you complete this first. This can be a relatively painless but lengthy process. I also Stephanie Holland, Assistant Editor suggest you print everything. Com- lege. The Internet has drastically puters can make a student’s life changed the scholarship process easier but always keep copies. and turnaround time, taking only a Applying for a scholarship was few days in stead of months. I have new to me, but finding a scholar- also come to learn that it is much ship is much easier nowadays than easier to find out information about it was the last time I was in col- scholarships online than in person
or by phone. So your best bet is to try www.chattanoogastate.edu/financialaid before you call or make the trip to ask about this type of funding. Since even your reference letters can be completed via email, the Internet can guide you through every step and even tell you in advance what you will need to complete the application. You can think of it as your Dummy’s Guide to filling out a scholarship. One Chattanooga State student said, “If I can complete the process and be awarded a scholarship then you know it’s idiot-proof.” Chattanooga State offers many scholarships, but you can also fill out a mass quantity through certain sights such as www.commonapp. org. This site can hone in on possible scholarships that are not just
school-specific, help you make an appointment for ACT or SAT testing, and can also compile one single transfer application that can be sent to multiple different colleges simultaneously. If you are planning to continue your education, I would check with your adviser as to the many scholarships available from affiliates of Chattanooga State. Many of these are major-specific to further your degree but would be well worth your time if you are planning to spend another two years in pursuing higher education. Like I said, scholarships can be for anyone from anywhere and for any major. You have to be willing to spend some time asking questions and doing a little research, but it can pay off for the student who does not wish to pay back a loan.
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Entertainment Art program loses founder By Ryan Tyler, Editor-in-Chief
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Back by popular demand, Denise Heinly is still raising the artistic bar here on campus as an adjunct professor.
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It is often said that life imitates art, but on that rare and beautiful occasion when art should imitate life, we usually find at its heart a person of extraordinary talent. And art professor Denise Heinly is as rare as they come. Having officially retired last semester, Chattanooga State will be losing the kind of passionate professor most quintessential to the organization of higher learning. Heinly was an associate professor who earned her Masters in Education at the University of Florida in 1977 and her Masters of the Arts from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1991. She has worked at Chattanooga State for 30 years and, as founder of the art program here, has lead her own little renaissance on campus. Her vast knowledge of art history runs deeper than mere lines on a textbook page. Heinly has
personally visited the museums and monuments she regales in her classroom and has stood before the works of Michelangelo and da Vinci. In fact, the only thing greater than her knowledge of art history is her passion for bringing it to others. She doesn’t just teach art; she lives it, she loves it, and she inspires her students to want to love it, too. If you were looking for an easy art credit, Heinly’s classes were not for you. She had high expectations and demanded much from her students. Thought-provoking essays and high-brow jokes were staples of her lectures, and she will be sorely missed by those students who appreciate such things. Art student Jenn E. Clarke had high praises for Heinly: “She is pure genius. She wasn’t just a teacher, she was my mentor. She is an extraordinary professor who gave me inspiration and kept me focused through my career. Her passion for the subjects I love gave a whole new meaning to fine art.
ACROSS 1. NASA jargon for the envelope of air surrounding Earth 5. stiffness of the body after death 10. shape of #10 DOWN’s office 14. through thick and ____ 15. once more 16. ____ fide, Latin for “good faith” 17. to supplant or remove from office 18. suspenseful French term meaning “look there” 19. upon (prep.) 20. our new student body president as Mr. Grisso leaves office 22. words that often end prayers 23. medical term for Lupus (abbr.) 24. ___ and outs 25. animal rights organization 27. tales 29. high ____, celebratory interaction 30. consumed 33. ___ Boot won 2 Oscars for Wolfgang Petersen 34. theme of this crossword puzzle 36. at the center of 38. rapid flutter of the tongue to articulate the letter ‘R’ 39. buildup or film of dirt 40. bards 42. the average Chattanooga State student 43. popular expression among pirates 44. team Pete Rose played for the year he was banned from Major League Baseball 45. fault in Latin 47. wine made from the fermenting of rice 48. Character of the Cyrillic alphabet which represents a “sh” sound 49. Jefferson, to his friends 51. downward thrust of the heel or foot 54. president of Chattanooga State Community College 57. to recommend strongly 58. on whose shoulders rests the weight of the world 59. prefix meaning “inner” or “inward” 60. to curve or coil 61. to expel via the esophagus 62. auto-pilot for FM radios 63. canine command 64. type of kick that won Daniel LaRusso’s first karate tournament 65. Nicolas Cage guarded her in 1994
Her poetic voice…made me want to learn, and she taught me to see through the eyes of the masters on top of having my own original ideas. “She doesn’t just make you a better artist, she makes you a better critic. I am thankful that she believed in my ability and pushed me to be an artist and scholar. I will always be grateful for what she has taught me. [Because of her,] I will always remember…to open my eyes and heart and let it move me. I love you, Denise, for you showed me a path I could not see. I will not look back and regret. I will create. “We’re losing an amazing professor, who opens your mind to things you’ve never thought about before. I hope she gets to see everything that moves her as an individual, as an artist, and as a friend. We all have to move forward on different paths; I’m just glad that I was on hers for a little while, and I know she will continue to inspire others.”
DOWN 1. first split in 1945 2. as such 3. teleprompter trouble 4. having taken position at the top of (prep.) 5. Poe was fond of quoting them 6. Stravinsky and Sikorski 7. walking pace 8. more than one still being cleaned up in the Gulf 9. ribonucleic acid, for short 10. President of the United States of America 11. to cast one’s preference for leadership 12. soon, to Shakespeare 13. practice rounds, as given by a gym teacher 21. Arabian prefixes that mean “son of” 22. tet ____ (2 wds., Americanized) 26. the opposite of good 28. units measuring absorption of radiation 29. thwarts 30. type of letter a student hopes to receive 31. 19th letter of the Greek alphapet 32. street known for nightmares 34. Nostradamus was one 35. author of Vida de Perros (A Dog’s Life) 36. can refer to the medical association or the music award 37. predecessor to the International Space Station 38. Kirk’s trip through the stars 41. snare 42. Colombian President Uribe’s baseball playing namesake 45. pure, innocent 46. largest arteries in human anatomy 47. to sense by olfactory 48. a spot or smudge 50. along with #58 ACROSS, Europa, Titan, and Deimos to name a few 51. word used to intensify speech, to so extreme a degree 52. as found on an exam, the affirmative side of a T/F statement 53. in folklore, a man-eating giant 55. ____ mater, Latin for “nourishing mother” 56. scrapings from a citrus peel 58. group of M.D.s once responsible for the U.S. Cavalry
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Enigmatologists • Crossword Puzzle and Jumble by Ryan Tyler, Senior Enigmatologist and Cruciverbalist
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Ultimate game day By Mark Forster, Junior Staff Writer
It’s a new semester, and already for some it may seem hectic, myself included. We’re setting up sched• Cryptogram by Jordan Scruggs, ules, changing classes, and stressing over classwork while some of us are still mourning the loss of summer Junior Enigmatologist vacation. It can get intense. Alas, there is hope (for • Comic Strip written by Ryan Ty- gamers at least)! After enormous success with the Ice Cream-Aler, and illustrated by Isaac Craft Palooza, Student Life has respawned to pwn our back-
to-school burdens, conquering the Cafeteria with two massive 30-foot screens and hosting gamer classics such as Halo, Rock Band and Guitar Hero, NCAA basketball, and the brand new Madden 2011. Both PS3 and Xbox 360 will be represented, but please keep the trash-talking to a PG-rating whilst in the vicinity of innocent cafeteria bystanders. Justin Booker points out that the consoles are “first come, first serve,” so get there early and bring you’re ‘A’ game on September 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Here is your chance to stomp the competition...epically. COMMUNICATOR.CHATTANOOGASTATE.EDU
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Lifestyle Going green By Jordan Scruggs, Junior Staff Writer Chattanooga State Community College will start of the new semester with a new approach towards its recycling program. It shall be expanding its recycling program to eventually include all of it campus sites. The main campus was originally the only site participating in the recycling program and it was very miniscule when it came to producing a large turnout. However with the revamping of the recycling program, Chattanooga State will be going beyond what it has been in the past. Where the program initially would only accept paper products to be recycled; it will now be including glass and plastic as well. Studies have shown that colleges and other levels of educational establishments, have a better chance of collecting items over all, especially when it comes to recycling paper, than other places such as curbside pickups for homes and businesses, because of the distributing amount of paper. The recycling program at Chattanooga State works in correlation with the recycling program at the Orange Grove Center and Coca Cola bottling company. Amazingly, Orange Grove currently has a total of over 100 workers in the program. Chattanooga State will be strategically placing large bins in the shape of iconic 20-ounce Coca Cola bottles for the collection of plastic bottles in the new athletic building and the gym area, while blue containers shall be located in the hallways and certain areas around campus for recyclable paper, plastic, and glass items. Chattanooga State has added other educational programs to its diverse list this year, including solar energy technology. Solar power, an environmentally clean and strong alternative to hydroelectric, wind, and nuclear energy, is quickly becoming popular across the nation. Chattanooga State is among the few two-year community or technical colleges • From water to soda bottles, Americans use 2,500,000 plastic that offer training and educational degrees in the United States. bottles every hour. Matt Nassar, the Chattanooga State chairperson of the Environmental • Approximately 1 billion trees Affairs Committee, along with the Faculty Senate of the college are workworth of paper are thrown away ing together to create a better environment around the campus and the every year. community. Nassar states “As an institution of higher learning we have • Glass containers are 100 percent an obligation to preserve and protect our environment.” There are several recyclable. They can be recycled places where students may drop off recyclable items at the main campus. after every use without losing For the other campuses in the service area, there shall be respectable contheir quality. It takes an average tainers and places for the items to be dropped off as well.
Facts about recycling:
What in the world is WICD WAMI? By Eryn Odom, Junior Staff Writer Anyone who wonders is asking an excellent question. Here’s the answer: WICD (pronounced like the hit Broadway Musical, Wicked) WAMI (pronounced like the second word of the phrase, “double whammy”) is an acronym that stands for What I Can Do With a Major In… On Wednesday, September 22, Chattanooga State will fill in the blank with endless possibilities. Come to the Amphitheater between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to participate. Refreshments will be provided. The event is both fun and free! As the majority of this institution’s students either transfer to another school or enter the workforce after their time here, it is especially important for students to know their options. For example, a student in the media technolo-
gies program can major in graphic design and go on to become an art director, designing album covers for musicians, catalogs for major department stores, or posters for public events. And students in the management program with a concentration in entrepreneurship will be able to go out and begin their own businesses in the fields of their choosing. WICD WAMI will give students a much needed opportunity to speak with representatives from numerous organizations and departments about which majors correlate to certain trades, job fields, or professions. During the process, students also will be connected with specific faculty members who can help you make the most of your educational experience. This is a quick and easy way to get questions answered, so don’t pass it up!
of four thousand years for a single bottle of glass to decompose into the earth. • Recycling facts have been compiled throughout the entire country from several sources including the Environmental Protection Agency, American Forest and Paper Association, and the National Recycling Coalition.
Faculty spotlight By Ryan Tyler, Editor-in-Chief On Thursday, September 30, our very own Alan Nichols and Stephen Panchaud are presenting an evening of chamber music in the Humanities Auditorium. The duo will be performing pieces by Beethoven and Brahms with a bonus selection by Shostakovich. Chamber music is a form of entertainment that came about so that small groups of musicians could play in the close quarters of dining halls and private residences. Due to its intimacy and simplicity, it can quickly endear itself to the soulful and patient listener. “Though both are complicated,” Nichols says of the first two pieces mentioned, “the seemingly calm and manageable Brahms is actually the most difficult to play.” Dr. Nichols is a professor of music at Chattanooga State who moonlights as the principal keyboardist for the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra. Guest violinist Stephen Panchaud hails from England and also plays for the CSO. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and promises a tender evening of classical refrain. Admission is free to students, staff, and faculty, but donations to the music program are much appreciated.
• The American Forest and Paper Association reported that more than 60 percent of the paper consumed in 2009 was collected and recycled to be used again in 2010. This has been the highest percent of collected material since it began in 1993.
Ping Pong with the President By Ryan Tyler Editor-in-Chief Chattanooga State Ping Pong Championships are being held the week of September 13. All students are welcome to test their tabular technique on Monday, Tuesday, and ultimately compete their way to being crowned student champion on Wednesday. On Thursday, the winner will go on to play at the Presidential Cup against none other than Ping Pong extraordinaire and president of Chattanooga State, Dr. James Catanzaro! To enter the competition, please see Dedric Maffett in room 187 of the Health & Physical Fitness building or dial ext. 3207.
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From left, Dr. James Catanzaro, president, Chattanooga State; Dr. Robert Bell, Tennessee Technological University president and Dr. Jim Scales, superintendent, Hamilton County Schools at the grand opening at the Center for Education and Human Services (CEHS).
East Campus rebranded as Educational Center By Stephanie Holland, Assistant Editor The East Campus is located just a few blocks from the corner of Lee Highway and Shallowford Road. This satellite campus has been a fixture of Chattanooga State since its grand opening in the fall of 1992. The facility has been home to paralegal and court reporting as well as some general education classes. In order to improve dwindling enrollWWW.CHATTANOOGASTATE.EDU
ment over the years, the administrators of Chattanooga State have attempted many times to make the East Campus a more attractive setting to future students. The recent renaming of this satellite site to The Center for Education and Human Services (CEHS) will hopefully attract attention to its variety of subjects and entice new recruits to Chattanooga State. CEHS will host a few general education classes, child develop-
ment and education classes, and of course classes in human services. With elementary school teachers in the same rank of pay as nurses according to the Occupational Employment Statistics from May 2009 and human services being one of the fastest growing fields as stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Chattanooga State administrators may have hit a homerun with the incorporation of these majors.
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Sports A field of dreams at last!
All it needs now is a name By Ryan Tyler, Editor-in-Chief Two things stand out about Tigers baseball last season: 1) they did it with aplomb, and 2) they did it without a field! To make it as far as The World Series is the ultimate goal of any ball club, but doing so without the pleasure of a home-field advantage is especially impressive. Considering their feat, it’s no wonder Chattanooga State is going to be home to one of the finest athletic facilities among the TJCCAA, not to mention community colleges nationwide. In a clearing surrounded by old-growth forest, a sea of lush Bermuda grass makes a beautiful island of the new infield. And as the bases have yet to be lain, a luxuriant sienna diamond, finely combed by steamroller, still awaits its first footprints. Located immediately to the right of the main entrance at the college, the new baseball field is set to accommodate well over one thousand fans. It is equipped with batting tunnels, home and guest bullpens, and two-story press boxes. Directly adjacent—and also still under construction—stands the skeleton of a new field house. Once complete, our Tigers will have brand new concession areas, locker rooms, and team meeting rooms, to name but a few of its proposed amenities.
Tigers make it to World Series By Justin Moynihan, Sports Editor Coach Greg Dennis, head coach of Chattanooga State baseball, led the Tigers through an exceptional season earlier this year. The team started the season with several near shut-outs at Hiwassee State and a three-game hot streak posting up 17-1, 11-1, and 14-1 wins. This would prove to be only a warm-up for the Tigers as they quickly moved on to Gadsden State for another two back-to-back victories, winning 85 and 15-4. Moving into the Deep South, the Tigers ran into a pocket of resistance, winning only one of their three games against the South Georgia Tigers. This was a slight hiccup, which didn’t get the Tigers down as they slammed Dyersburg in two back-to-back games starting the conference with a 2-0 record. As the Tigers headed back toward home, they fought courageously against Cleveland State,
losing one off the bat then returning to win two, giving the Tigers a commanding lead in the conference 4-1. Traveling to Tennessee Temple, the Tigers once again destroyed the morale of their opposite team, crushing them in both games. Leaving them in the wake of their victory, the Tigers brought home two more wins, posting scores any team could be proud of: 7-5 in the first game and 14-8 in the second. This fantastic season didn’t come without a few snags along the way. Our Tigers moved onward to Columbia, losing 3-0 and 4-3. And in an exhibition game at AT&T Field against the Chattanooga Lookouts, the team
put forth a great effort, ultimately losing to the Lookouts. Forgetting about these small blemishes on their incredible season so far, the Tigers completely wiped several opponents off their radar, going from Columbia to Piedmont College with an astounding 12-1 win and finishing their two-game tour at the Lion’s den 7-4. Next in the Tigers’ roaring winning streak would be three wins against Roane State’s Raiders. After an incredible 18-3 victory, the team earned yet another shut out (50) and finally left Harriman 172. Their next doubleheader left the Hawks coming up short. Astonishing
15-0 and 13-5 wins over Shorter College brought even higher spirits to the Tigers, bringing their season record to a whopping 22-4. “We were down 9-1 against Dyersburg in the winners bracket final,” Coach Dennis commented, “and came back to beat them 11-9!” This feat is surreal when you think about it. When asked what the pinnacle of the season was this year, Coach Dennis quickly highlighted the trip to Grand Junction for the JUCO World Series. He said, “It’s something you hope for, but you can’t anticipate. Once we got that opportunity it was everything we could ask for and then some.” The highlights from The World Series included games against such high-ranking teams as #3 State College of Florida, in which the Tigers brought home a close but victorious 8-7 win and their unfortunate, narrow, final loss to Temple College.
Former Tiger inducted into Hall of Fame By Justin Moynihan, Sports Editor A premier event honoring the first inductees into the Chattanooga State Hall of Fame was held mid-way through the summer this year. Rod Bolton was one of the three receiving this esteemed award along with heralded basketball rebounder Rashad Jones-Jennings and fellow pitcher and softball player Dani Fowler-Terry. The man on the mound was selected by the Chicago White Sox in round 13 of the free-agent draft. He actively pitched for the Chicago White Sox beginning on April 10, 1993 and pitched until the end of the 1995 season. About his life in retrospective, Bolton said, “I was playing baseball from five years old.” In fact, after graduating high school in ’86, Rod went on to play ball his entire life. Elaborating on his stay here, Bolton went on to speak positively about Chattanooga State. Bolton noticed many factors that contributed to his success in life from attending
Chattanooga State. He credited the college with giving him “an opportunity to grow up,” further saying, “I wasn’t ready to leave home. When I attended school there I felt at home. The teachers were very helpful. Coach Lance was a great guy. I needed Coach Lance and Chattanooga State.” Bolton described Chattanooga State as a very crucial stepping stone, saying, “When I started there, I wasn’t ready to pitch in the big leagues, but by the time I received my two year degree, I was.” Of our fair school, he even went as far as to say the school “really should be called the University at Chattanooga State.” Rod was a very warm-hearted, down-toearth guy in the interview. He received a full scholarship to the University of Kentucky, declaring it “a real easy transfer” as all of his classes and credits transferred smoothly. From there, ladies and gentlemen, the rest is history.
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W h e n asked about his MVP picks for the season, Coach Dennis praised several of his team members including pitcher, “Tyler Burstrom, who had an outstanding year pitching…throwing a wonderful game through Grand Junction. Threw super all year.” Also, “Andy Marinelli caught for us this year. Moving on to West Georgia but having a great year.” Marinelli did a fantastic job at bat as well, racking up 50 RBIs, only matched by Zack Debord. Obviously this was one season for the proud fans, families, and friends to remember.
Walking club begins September 8 By Jimmy Whisman MS, CSCS, Chattanooga State Fitness Center Coordinator Having trouble fitting in a workout? Try joining the Chattanooga State Walking Club. It will meet on Monday and Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at the back doors of the gym. We will walk for 25-30 minutes and try different routes. Our first meeting will be September 8. In the event of rain we will walk in the gym or Omni. Everyone is welcome and should feel free to walk at his/her own pace.
Cheerleading tryouts Contributed story Cheerleading tryouts will be September 13-17 in the Health Fitness Center gym beginning at 5 p.m. Candidates should wear white t-shirts with blue or black shorts. If you like tumbling, stunts, motions, cheers, chants, and jumps, cheerleading tryouts are for you. Contact Justin Booker at 697-2482 or email justin.booker@ chattanoogastate.edu.
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America the mutable From Baghdad to Manhattan and Murfreesboro to our humble campus, the cries of Muslim, Christian, and Atheist alike have come to cacophony over plans to build several local mosques on U.S. soil. Just as Protestants were persecuted in an overwhelmingly catholic Europe during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, Muslims are being singled out today in America and having their constitutional rights abridged by a cabal of fear and ignorance. America was built on the fundamental principle that each and every man has the inalienable right to worship his own god in his own way. To win this right and independence from England, patriots of the colonial era frequently employed terrorism as a major stratagem. Shortly thereafter, as ingrained in our human nature, America as a whole treated many nationalities with contempt and prejudice. My own heritage, being Irish, was certainly one of those unfortunate minorities which had to gather together and vulcanize in order to forge their niche in this great society. Hundreds of years later, Irish Americans enjoy a rich history and are responsible for widespread influence in film, writing, music, politics, sports, and life in general for the population of entire cities like Boston, Chicago, and New York City. Well on our way into the twentyfirst century, you would think American culture would have learned its lesson about judging a book by its
color, creed, or language. For eons, however, the general practice of humanity as a whole has been to fear that which is different and to mask that fear with audacity. Nine years to the day since the Twin Towers fell, we are still learning to discern terrorism from religion. Dutiful repetition of five daily prayers, each while facing the home of biblical figures Abraham and his son Ishmael; adhering to stringent dress codes; and facial hair constraints which are unparalleled in my religion—to name but a few—is it possible we as Christians are intimidated by their devotion? As political pundit Keith Olbermann recently pointed out, the White House’s official reason for war in Iraq has always been to free its people from oppression and bring to them democracy, a gift which entitles the recipient to freedom of religion. As the Iraqi people are made up mostly if not entirely of Muslims, it’s impossible to see how refusing them this freedom, at home or abroad, is anything less than oppression in itself. As the Muslim community deals with the stress and emotional pain that comes with bigotry, it is important for them to remember that the fault does not lie solely with those intolerant and seemingly prevalent American voices which grow increasingly louder to make up for the near three thousand that were suddenly silenced on September 11, 2001. Whether or not he did so unilaterally, Osama bin Laden,
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Students of Muslim faith are an integral part of our diverse campus community.
himself, has made it more difficult for innocent Muslims to practice their faith in this country. It is equally important that we Christians double-check our Bibles and reread 1 Peter 3:8-11. And as we Americans mourn the loss of our friends, our parents, or our children, we should remember this, too: just as the masterminds behind the World Trade Center attacks exemplify the least tolerant of the Muslim community, so is an act of Christian or American intolerance tantamount to terrorism.
Hot tub time latrine As Jersey Shore’s first season debuted, eight sensory assaults masquerading as people—tanned, raucous, self-proclaimed “guidos” and “guidettes”—assembled in a summer rental to live, laugh, love, drink in hot tubs, get arrested, and slur malapropisms. The ratings were meager at first, but the show took off when Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, the show’s heroine, was punched in the face by a high school teacher after a dispute involving a stolen drink. As Snooki was walloped, so too was America, and the whole country became Jersey Shore‘s battered paramours—uncomfortable but unable to tear ourselves away. Now in its second season, the latest reality TV offering from MTV is, by and large, the funniest thing I’ve seen on television in quite some time. Eight young people of dubious intelligence and accomplishment were thrown together in a lavishly appointed residence in Seaside Heights for yet another hormonallycharged, alcohol-fueled summer. The show is so iniquitous that it makes everything that isn’t Jersey Shore look wonderful, like green pastures filled with gangly newborn lambs and gurgling brooks and sunshine. With vigilance, we can ensure that no more of our youthful population turn out the way these ones did. The schools, if any, where they were educated can now be located and shut down. The teachers who so abysmally failed to impart to them the rudiments of civilized life can be fired. The gyms and beauty salons that seduced them with the lie that physical appearance is more important than personality can be picketed and boycotted. Jersey Shore is simply attempting to show that idiocy spans from
Hollywood to the show’s namesake. We’re supposed to have a sort of anthropological curiosity about them, hence the focus on guido grooming rituals, including massive amounts of time spent in tanning salons, with hairdressers and at gyms. For this reason, it is absolutely brilliant. I will explain, on behalf of our many New Jersey-born readers, that these are simply characters and exaggerated ones at that. Every culture has a stereotype, this just happens to be the one that MTV can best exploit. With this in mind, we have to distinguish the cast members as proxies of the network. Anyone calling themselves by a third-person moniker such as “The Situation” must be in on the joke. The housemates narrate the program in the now-familiar reality TV style where you’re meant to believe they are omnipresent. The boys are pumped with protein shakes and adrenalin while the girls seethe at each newly contrived drama with what can only be described as hysterical “poutrage.” The show spends much of its time with the group as they live in a New Jersey apartment, work menial shifts at a local store, and attempt to get “real.” One girl has a breakdown in the season premiere as she struggles to face estrangement and not being treated like a princess. But in good plot-turn fashion, she stays to prove something to herself. Awh, an emotional hook. Not long after, they all go out and get drunk, establish who is going to hook up with whom and what that means for the person who’s got a significant other back at home. The self-assuredness here is more obnoxious than any amount of cologne, popped collars, or hair gel could ever be.
It’s train-wreck television—you know it’s bad, you want to change the channel, but you just can’t. MTV isn’t here to better understand the social stereotype of a “guido”—a word the show freely bounces about. I truly hope the cast members of Jersey Shore know they’re being mocked by the network they aspired to be a part of. If not, the joke is on us, and we should all feel bad for laughing. The show is at times frustrating because, if anyone starts to exhibit more than one dimension of their personality, they immediately feel compelled to start behaving like a knob again as penance. Then someone will start a bar fight, call a group of girls “ugly [expletive deleted]s,” or utter an atrocity too bereft or offensive to print. It’s unfortunate but true: on Jersey Shore, the only character with any depth is the hot tub. If the series were at least constructed shoddily, it would be so much more enjoyable. After all, there’s nothing more hilarious than watching a badly made TV show, but that’s exactly what’s so troubling. The production is rocksolid. MTV knows precisely what it’s doing. The show is cut like one of J-Woww’s ridiculous tops that she designed herself: it may appear flimsy and riddled with holes, but it’s so carefully manufactured that it will never—no matter how long you watch—actually reveal anything. So on the series goes, with each episode whirling aimlessly ‘round and ‘round, like the Jersey Shore Ferris wheel they so frequently cut to. Matt Nassar
Letters to the editor Here at The Communicator, we pride ourselves on bringing you our very best as the Voice of Chattanooga State. As such, we are extremely interested in hearing what you, the students, have to say. If you have new information regarding any of our articles, disagree with one of the opinions on our editorials page, or if you feel as though a particular area of interest should
be better represented or investigated, we’d love to hear your thoughts! Genuine responses from students or faculty who take the time to write us will be printed, answered, and treated with the respect they deserve. Letters should be handdelivered to The Communicator mailbox, which is located on the second floor of the Student Center in the offices of Student Life (room
S-216). Please call (423) 697-2471 or email the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. And be sure to pick up the October issue for our new feature from political columnists Justin Moynihan and Jordan Scruggs as they tackle important social commentary from both sides of the aisle! It’s sure to be a rousing read.
America is a proud nation. This is not Salem, Massachusetts, this is not the Inquisition, and this is certainly not the fifteenth century; we have come a long way. The history books may one day reflect how pleased we are to welcome the Muslim culture into our vast crucible. In the meantime, however, what makes this dovetail union so extraordinary might just be that noble, dauntless journey we all make from unwelcome to irreplaceable. Ryan Tyler
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The Middle College experience
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By Amber Lewis, 2010 MCHS Graduate
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My first day was one of anxiety and indecision; what would I wear and where would I go? What was I going do? I was more accustomed to being herded here and there like a kindergartner, and this was completely unlike anything I had experienced. There were no bells chiming to remind me that I should be some place. I wasn’t guarded by any supercilious or uptight teachers or told what to do in any way. I was just dropped off and left to make my own decisions about whether or not to go to class or catch a bus downtown. Over the next few years, I put myself on a journey to self-discovery, taking the opportunity and new change in scenery to explore the boundaries of my youth. I had three goals to accomplish: I wanted to leave behind my introverted persona and balance my life by planning ahead, all while being a model student. I began by focusing on my education, discovering which learning styles and studying strategies would launch my academics to the next level. However, I found myself hanging out, going to movies, dating, and attending parties back to back. After seeing a six decimal drop in my GPA, I realized I had to get serious and learn how to integrate my studying and socializing. This reality check came just in time, for I had arrived at my next goal: the balancing act. I was involved in five clubs at one point, but I enjoyed being the person everyone could count on. I eventually added a job and relationship to my workload and learned how to deal with stress successfully by regarding every obstacle not as a blockade but a challenge. I carried a planner, got my books in order, and somehow learned to be organized. Now in my first year at a university, I’m combining all the techniques I learned in school with every skill I acquired in my personal life. My time at Chattanooga State was educational in every sense of the word, for I learned even more about myself at Chattanooga State than the subjects in the classroom. And while I do not wish to backtrack, I would do it all again were I that same quiet girl from Atlanta who wandered through the doors of Middle College.
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Making things happen By Eryn Odom, Junior Staff Writer Although students at Chattanooga State are beginning a new semester, many will be faced with the same old problems. Without fail, there will always be students who spend the first month of school becoming increasingly frustrated with their unanswered questions. What classes are appropriate for a certain major? How are classes dropped and added? What is the role of an advisor? Well, a Master Advisor will answer all of these questions and more. Master Advisors have had additional training in order to help students of every major. When necessary, they conduct orientations, help register students, and facilitate financial aid appeals. Rather than being assigned to help a certain group, they are constantly available to help all individuals deal with any issues have come up concerning academics, such as making a basic education plan. Their overall goal is to cut down on students’ confusion and frustration by acting as resource centers; if a Master Advisor is not able to help with a certain problem or situation, he or she will
still be able to make a connection between the student and a person on campus that is capable of finding a resolution. D. Jason De Sousa, Director of the Institute for Student Leadership and Character Development at Morgan State University, explains in his paper, “What Advisors Can Do,” “faculty…at high performing colleges and universities accept their fair share of responsibility for student success by adopting a ‘tag team’ approach to advising students.” He goes on to mention how useful advisors can be by pointing out their “wide spectrum of expertise and multiple perspectives in the…process.” By using their resources to set students on the right path, Master Advisors play a vital role in Chattanooga State’s campus-wide goal of academic success. Master Advisors can soon be found all over campus simply by looking for a special nametag on their office door. This change is the result of an effort to make them both more noticeable and more accessible to students. Contact Marsha Barker, Interim Director of Advising, at ext. 4483. A complete list can be found below.
Bobbie Aborn Shea Bean Shawn Brabham Scott Douglass Libby Farrelly Allison Fetters Gary Gilreath Al Herweyer Kathy Long Carolyn Miller Evelyn Mobley
Karen Payne Tim Ross Marsha Schoonover Joyce Smith Dave Stanislawski Susan White George Ryan Azar Raiszadeh Kathryn Thompson Pam Brune Ed Southeard
Chattanooga Chats series Stress Management • IMC 139 Doug Byrd • Counselor, CSCC Tuesday, September 28 12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. Healthy Lifestyle – IMC 139 Jean Maddingly –Hamilton Co. Health Department Wednesday, October 6 11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Communicator welcomes new editor Vows to double readership Ryan Tyler is a journalism major in his second year at Chattanooga State. He is a graduate of East Ridge High School and—apart from a two-year pilgrimage to Hollywood, California—a 22-year resident of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ryan is a practicing novelist, screenwriter, playwright, singer/ songwriter, and poet laureate, having most recently won first prize in the John Stigall Memorial Poetry Contest on campus last spring. Ryan is also an author of original riddles and crossword puzzles, the latter of which will appear every month in issues of The Communicator. He is personally offering a mystery prize to the first student who completes his crossword puzzle each month. Ryan holds dear the concept of diplomacy. As a lover of language and communication, he has had experience in Latin, Spanish, and Italian, recently adding to that by taking Sign Language courses offered here at the college. He also “dabbles in a little English.” On campus, he is president of the literary magazine, The Phoenix, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society where he is honored to serve as vice president of scholarship. As an environmentalist, Ryan is proud of steps taken by The Communicator to remain green during the production of print media; he is also the newly appointed vice chair of Chattanooga State’s Environmental Affairs Committee.
Ryan Tyler, Editor-in-Chief
Incredibly, The Communicator’s office is located in the Student Center, a building which was designed and drafted by his beloved father, architect Jack Tyler, who passed away in 2006. The Student Center was established in 1974, six years before Ryan was born, and his father’s name appears on the bronze placard which can be found immediately adjacent to the information desk. As editor-in-chief, Ryan has vowed to double production and readership over the coming year. He plans to do this by increasing student awareness of the paper, planning and implementing intensive survey methods that would better tailor The Communicator to Chattanooga State’s students, and of course unveiling a full puzzle section every month.
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Scores of students wait in line at the CARTA bus stop to escape parking hassles and beat high gas prices.
That’s the ticket By Stephanie Holland, Assistant Editor Attention students! Parking passes expired on August 31. Last year’s hangtag with an octagonal shape has been replaced by one with a blue diamond denoting the 2010-2011 year. Students who fail to obtain the new diamond-shaped tag may be subject to parking fines and related holds. It should also be noted that, in recent years, the Tennessee Riverpark has been kind enough to overlook students who park their vehicles on its lot during the disorienting first few weeks of class. However, since most campus con-
struction and remodeling is nearing or has recently been completed, there will be no parking allowed at the Riverpark this fall semester. Handicapped parking stickers are also no longer available on campus. To obtain a handicap placard through the City of Chattanooga, please contact the County Clerk’s office in your area. Experience indicates that parking will be a problem the first few weeks of class. With well over 10,000 students, plus an extensive number of faculty and staff, patience will be a key factor in the parking situation. It is strongly suggested that students allow themselves extra time to find a parking space due to traffic.
To alleviate congestion, CARTA has announced extended hours of service: two additional trips to and from the main campus began August 23, 2010. For more information, please contact the CARTA Information Line at (423) 6291473 or visit their Web site at www. gocarta.org. Security declined to comment on new parking policies here at Chattanooga State, so remember that student parking is confined to blue parking places only. Parking in orange spaces or any other prohibited area with a student parking pass could also result in receiving a parking ticket.