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nvision a class that embraces the use of smart phones, laptops and tablets. A class that makes an effort to analyze how much time the average individual allocates and uses social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest, and discusses how these outlets are affecting people individually, psychologically, culturally or politically. If one has dreamed of such prospects being introduced to the classroom, the new Digital Media and Ethics course at Volunteer State Community College might prove beneficial. The new Digital Media and Ethics class will place Volunteer State Community College in a category alongside colleges that are at the forefront of education regarding this technological phenomenon offering social media classes and degrees, including: Notre Dame, Syracuse, Baylor, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard. Instructor of Communication, Melissa Fox, who is currently a

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Finally, an ethical reasoning for using Facebook during class. Story by Elizabeth Hamilton

MFA candidate in the creative writing program and plans to pursue her Ph.D in English, has teamed up with Instructor of philosophy, Shannon Lynch, who is enrolled in a Ph.D program studying human science, to bring the new Digital Media and Ethics class to life. The class is being taught by two instructors in order to illustrate the importance of social media in a world where communication is global and familiarity of the ethical aspects will be an invaluable asset. Fox will teach the aspects of communication and Lynch will cover online ethics. Fox’s tranquil demeanor gives the impression that her mere presence could halt a melee over rice in Calcutta, and Lynch radiates an exuberant energy about her subject matter that is infectious, particularly to the willing. While Fox remains dedicated to teaching speech communication, she senses an absence of sine qua non regarding the study of ever-evolving realms of social media outlets and their symmetrical relevance to the fields of communications. With the two of them working side-by-side, students are bound to be inspired. “Inspiration comes from the strangest places at times,” said Lynch. While attending a Grateful

Dead concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Neil Young came and purchased a grilled cheese sandwich made from her hibachi grill and asked her what she wanted to do with her life. When she responded that she wanted to teach and travel, he asked, “Why aren’t you doing that?” The question led her to change paths and become a professor. Since then, she has traveled to over 18 countries and earned a Ph.D.. Fox’s inspiration to teach came when she was offered a full-time job as an instructor. “I didn’t like being on-call at 6 a.m. or at midnight to write about murders, county commission meetings or third graders breaking world records,” said Fox. So she left the reporting days behind her to teach. Although Fox’s days of reporting may have permutated to teaching, she still investigates issues that matter to her as an instructor. Every semester she teaches several sections of fundamentals of speech communication and finds irony in how several versions of various texts for the class over-look digital media, especially considering the impact it has on college students. “Professor Lynch and I happened to have a discussion about what was really working for us in the classroom,” said Fox. “It

turned out we were doing something similar, but we saw a need to join forces in order to bring our differing strengths and expertise to the subject.” Because of the rapid rate at which social media has affected people, Lynch noted an absence of ethical policy within the use of digital mediums. “With the influence of Social and Digital Media, I kept finding myself noticing that more and more people were abusing it,” said Lynch, “They make up fake identities, fake stories and hiding truths that matter. Too many people are using it for the wrong reasons, so I felt there has to be a form of ethical code that we may use while participating in social and digital media. Since it is a form of communication, it only made sense that she and I would be perfect for teaching it together. Ethics is one of my strong suits, and with new ethics, such as the issues if our current moral climate, it just feels right,” Lynch said. The two have put their areas of expertise together to map out the direction for the class. They want students to go beyond the stereotype of digital media, step away from their Facebook comfort zone and look at other growing sites like Pinterest and Instagram, as well as maintain a twitter account all semester. “We can even discuss online identity, since Twitter verifies celebrities’ real profiles, or apps that allow tweets to simultaneously update Facebook statuses. We could even talk about apps that will let set up a tweet to post in the future!” Fox said. Maintaining a Twitter account seems like the perfect homework assignment, but students will be expected to deliver more than tinkering with amusements. “While students will be required to conduct some research for class projects, I foresee us taking more of an

analytical approach to examining social media. Considering the class will be approached through two humanities-based subjects, it just seems a given that it will gravitate in that direction. However, it also allows students to do some critical thinking about how social media can hurt or help us solve real life problems,” Fox said. “Social media, obviously, is a huge, booming part of the mass communication landscape. So, we really want students to see really how much things have changed because of social media and how powerful those tools are, and therefore, the ethical concerns that go with any sort of powerful

tool, like public speaking,” said Leonard Assante, associate professor and chair of the department of communication. Social media is not limited to a leisurely pastime. One’s profile could complement or prove detrimental to potential job market prospects. “Also, there is a very pragmatic part of it to get the most out of their social media experience. So that when students leave here, they have a good social media profile that they can use to enhance their lives. More and more jobs are using social media to check on references so we need to make our students aware of that,” said Assante. tp

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race Mailes wakes up every morning and goes through the typical routine of preparing for the day with one added step. After brushing her teeth, the next thing she does is check her Twitter account. Later in the day, she will view this and her Instagram page again between classes and at night before she goes to bed. Similarly, Jasmine Taylor admitted

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to checking her feeds approximately every 15 minutes. Even though some students may not examine their social media directly after practicing good dental hygiene or frequently during the day, Grace and Jasmine are not alone. In a recently conducted survey among Volunteer State Community College participants, 22.6 percent admit that they, like these girls, spend three or more hours a day checking their social networks. The survey also showed that 39.6 percent spend half an hour to a

full hour, 19.33 percent an hour and a half, and eight percent spend two and a half hours to three hours. With the presence of smart phones, containing constant and instantaneous connections to the Internet, social media has only become more accessible for those involved in it. “It’s more convenient,” said Dominique Grimes. “You can’t carry around a desktop or laptop everywhere you go.” “It goes off all day,” said Marilyn Powell in regards to her phone when she receives status updates. “You can’t ignore it.” So could involvement in social media, sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and more be or become an addiction? According to a study done by Chicago University’s Booth Business School, it very well could be. In fact, the analysis claims social media to be more addictive than alcohol and cigarettes. Performed in Wurtzburg, Germany, the experiment was conducted with 205 participants ranging in age from 18 to 85 to test will power. For the investigation, participants were questioned seven times daily for over a week to identify desires they were experiencing and the corresponding strength of such desires. The compiled list included things such as sleep and leisure first followed by the need to check in on social media, email and work. Behind this, however, was the urge to smoke and drink alcohol. “If you have a psychological or physiological symptom then you’re addicted,” said Carol Topping, associate professor of psychology and social science department chair at Vol State. “It’s not until you start craving it that you have an addiction.” Addiction is persistent, habitual and compulsive. It nags at a person and they must do it for the feeling to subside. Without it, withdrawal symptoms may occur and can include things such as sweating or nausea. While social media addiction has not become a solidified disorder, the new DSM TR-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Text Revision Five), which is set to come out in May, is including a newly classified and discovered disorder called Internet Use Disorder (IUD) that could bring further examination to social media use. Commonly associated with Internet gaming, the APA characterizes those diagnosed with Internet Use Disorder to have a loss of interests >> Spring 2013 The Pioneer 8

in previous hobbies and entertainment as well as use of Internet to escape or relieve a dysphonic mood, and tolerance of or the need to spend increasing amounts of time engaged in Internet use. Multiple forms of research and studies show that it may indeed be a valid topic of concern as the world moves into a more technological era. Studies have shown that the brain of people with Internet addiction changes in the connections between cells and in the brain areas that control attention, executive control and emotion processing. Interestingly enough, these changes reflect those that take place in the brains of people addicted to cocaine, heroin, special K, and other substances, according to Forbes Magazine. Another similar analysis found that Internet addiction can change the operation of the brain’s dopamine system. Dopamine is one of the many neurotransmitters, which allows us to feel pleasure. It has been discovered that people with Internet addiction have fewer dopamine receptors in some areas of the brain, according to Forbes. While IUD continues to be a source of debate

are you going to do in math class?” Regardless of the fact that all may not be participating or listening in class, a small percentage of students, 10.3 percent, to be exact, claimed to have no ties to social media at all. “I spent too much time on it so I deleted my account,” said Jordan Ovenshire. For other students, simply deleting a form of social media was not an easy task. “I deleted my Instagram for a couple of months and then remade it,” said Kamroy Asborry. However, attraction to networks such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and so on is not inclusive or exclusive to a certain age demographic. Many survey participants told of their parents’ involvement in sites such as Facebook, which at 48 percent is Vol State’s most frequently visited network. Similarly involved are members of extended family that include cousins, aunts, uncles, and even grandparents. That being said, the potential to get hooked on social sites is just as great for adults as it is for teens. For example, though Taylor is constantly checking her sources of social media, she claims her grand-

“It’s not until you start craving it that you have an addiction.” among professionals and more research keeps surfacing, the correlation between addiction and the attraction to social media is high. Social networking has been used for many things - communication with family and friends, promotion and advertising, as well as general entertainment. But the source of this driving force that pulls people such as Mailes and Taylor to constantly check their social media is unknown. For some, networking is many things. Mandy Berry called it “gossip without talking,” and Kaitlynn Minnick said it’s “a way to keep up with people.” More specifically, for Beth Embretson it is to stay in touch with friends in the military, and for Zach Smith networking is used to communicate with family not within close driving distance. With constant postings in the form of pictures, status updates and even location, this connection to networking sites, is seemingly a virtual way to peek over the bushes or behind the curtains of neighbors. Another voiced factor for participation in social media among the student population was entertainment. “I get bored,” said Chris Maneu. “What else 9 The Pioneer Spring 2013

mother to be worse than she is. Regardless of the perceived enjoyment from feeds, like all good things, they must be used in moderation to avoid the all too real deadly results and consequences of overuse. In addition to a personal addiction, social media is also reshaping family structures. Though constantly changing, the distractions offered by technology and even networking, can have a negative impact on relationships with friends and family “It is a growing reality that we are spending more and more time online, and social networks are obviously pivotal to that experience,” said psychologist Andrea Bonior. “But it’s crucial that people take time to nurture their friendships with more than just a simple status update.” While networking has its pluses, in things such as communication with loved ones, it also has its minuses exhibited in things such as changing behavior, interaction and even health. A societal infatuation, it could questionably become an addiction for individuals if not carefully monitored and perhaps even a psychological disorder in the future. tp

Spring 2013, The Pioneer celebrates its 10th birthday, but it's bittersweet, since this is the final issue.

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ocial media can be a fun way to share the human experience. Websites like Facebook, Reddit and Twitter enable the world to connect and share experiences that occur clear across the world. Whether it is the sharing of comets whizzing through the air, a space jump from the upper atmosphere or the latest casualties in a revolution, social media has changed not only the rate at which information is shared but also the quantity. According to the October issue of Business Week, the number of Facebook users is at over a billion. Ninety-eight percent of adults aged 18-24 use social media, according to Macworld’s November 2012 poll. Even accounting for the fact that people

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who use social media might be more inclined to answer a survey for Macworld, the evidence is in; humans have integrated the idea that sharing aspects of our private life, and innermost thoughts, with the world. With so many individuals posting, tweeting and pinning their innermost thoughts on a whim, some may wonder what the downside of sharing information about oneself could be? For some scientists, the reason for any human advancement was due to sharing, or “collective cognition.” Evolutionary anthropologist and author of “Moral Origins: The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism and Shame,” Christopher Boehm states that we share because cooperation and sharing lead to increased survival. And that is just the biological upside to social media.For many individuals, social media has been a boon to their careers. With job sites like LinkedIn and Klout, people have been able to

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leverage their social media skills and presence and turn them into real job opportunities. Social media has changed the job search game for many. Instead of rewarding those individuals who are best at extemporaneous speaking, for the record, it is not most of us, social media enables people to be who they are, not who they are in an intensely small window of time. “LinkedIn has changed the way employers make their decision. It used to be that you had to get lucky and meet someone in an elevator while doing your best ‘Look at me, I’m awesome,’ schtick, all in 20 seconds. Thanks to social media, however, you have the ability to sell yourself over and over again to the same person. Every time they click on your profile, they have the ability to make an impression at their own leisure without feeling the pressure that the potential employee puts on them,” said Eddy Rivera, a

student at Volunteer State Community College. Job searchers are leveraging their connections on social media in ways not seen before. Many sites allow you to post your search to your Facebook or other social media profile. This, in turn, allows your network of friends and family to become an ally in your job search. “I used LinkedIn to connect with the head of Vanderbilt Logistics, through a mutual business associate. It was like being set up on a business lunch by a friend, without having to actually sit through a business meeting. “I believe the aspect that helped me land a job was the busi-

ness professional type profile I had. I made that profile for one reason only: as a digital resume of

sorts. I had the ability to have pictures and links to articles that portrayed me the way I wanted to be portrayed. This is your chance to impress someone with your interests and professionalism,” said Rivera. One thing is for certain; with the connectivity of the Internet, when it comes to social media, sharing is not just caring, but lucrative. This tenancy, however, to share in the age of Facebook, sex-

ting and digital identity theft can lead to adverse consequences on your financial health. Improper social media conduct has contributed to job loss, and in some cases, criminal charges. How can websites used for fun and self-expression lead to such individual strife? Quite simply, all it takes is for an individual to forget two key tenets of the Internet; Once you post something on

the Internet, it is there forever and the internet is as public a place as the local mall. “Before you’re interviewed by a potential employer, expect the recruiting manager or hiring manager to check out one or more of the following sources about you: the top 10 searches on your name on either Google or Bing, the number of Twitter followers you have and last time you tweeted, the

size and quality of your LinkedIn community, the number and quality of recommendations you have on LinkedIn and your Klout score,” according to a Jan. 1 piece by Forbes Magazine. A single indiscretion at the keyboard is enough to end careers, no matter how innocuous the offense may seem. A Massachusetts high school teacher thought Facebook would be the perfect place to complain about students and parents in her community. After individuals in the community saw her posts, she was terminated two weeks later, according to ABC News. There was also the incident where a teacher in Aurora, Colo. was placed on paid leave after tweeting racy pictures to the public, according to a Feb. 2013 article at the Huffington Post. What these tales expose is something that many who use social media may not want to >> Spring 2013 The Pioneer 12

hear; your online persona and after-hours activity, shared via social media, can lead to career trouble. Individuals have to not only be careful about who they friend. In both of the aforementioned cases, the individuals were found out by members of the community, who in turn, reported them to their bosses. In a piece for AZ Family, Stephanie Fierro of Frutkin Law Firm explains: “If it is personal griping, complaints, if it would otherwise be illegal, harassment, disclosure of trade secrets, anything like that then they [your employer] may have the right to fire you for it. “If they [your employer] can trace it can back to you and they know you are their employee, it is less about their reputation and more about the conduct,” Fierro said. Job seekers should beware as well. Many companies are using social media to additionally screen applicants. With companies using social media, in addition to resumes and portfolios, prospective employees should be aware of the message that their online persona sends because one move could be the difference of getting the job or getting the trash bin. “Would you hire you after seeing the pictures of last Friday night’s epic kegger? We both know the answer is, ‘No.’

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Furthermore, try to avoid plastering your political viewpoint. Political stance is a very polarizing subject, so stay away. Now I’m not recommending that you post pictures of your daring rescue of 16 kittens from the burning kitty-cat store. I am simply recommending you be aware of the image that you are portraying,” said Rivera. Having an online presence can be an insight into the type of person you are, the person that you want the world to see you as. Some employers are now using that online presence to judge who is or is not a great fit for their institutions. Having friends that constantly fill your wall with expletives or material that might not be ‘safe for work’ can have a detrimental affect at your current job and on future job prospects. Everyone, from the service industry to medical schools, is using social media to make decisions about best practices in the industry when it comes to social media and how it relates to the image of the institution. Fewer subjects have received more attention than that of healthcare professionals who are behaving in ways that could be deemed unethical. After an incident where a nurse in Britain posed with a thumbs up next to a dead patient and another incident where doctors assisting with the Haitian

crisis posted pictures of naked patients, there was an article published in the Journal of Internal Medicine states that the industry needed to get individual doctors to engage in social media activity that did not encourage the public to disparage the medical aid profession. “In one instance, physicians and other health professionals delivering aid in Haiti posted pictures online of naked and unconscious patients in operating suites, and of physicians drinking or posing with grins and ‘thumbs up’ in front of patients or coffins. Recent research has shown that posting of unprofessional content is common among medical students, residents and other health care providers. [. . . healthcare professionals online actions] are visible to others and may have unintended negative consequences, such as diminishing one’s chances to obtain a desired training position or job. For those individuals still believing that what happens on the Internet behind closed doors, stays there, ask yourself this: When was the last time the Internet was not a major player in a political scandal? “No CEO is going to hire you when he finds out they call you ‘Kegstand,’ unless it is for a beer company, in which case, you’re uniquely qualified,” said Rivera. tp

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The Pioneer a decade in the making Ten years have passed since The Pioneer first appeared at Volunteer State Community College, and what an interesting decade it has been. From its ambitous start to its slow demise, the magazine has proven to be a wonderful part of Vol State’s history in the making. It has won six awards for which many students have invested quite a bit of their time to earn. Now it is time to bid The Pioneer adieu. Here are the covers from the past decade.



2004 From Bush vs Kerry, to tattoos and body modification, 2004 was a controversial year. The Fall issue won Second Place for Best Student Magazine, presented by the Society of Professional Journalists, Region 12.

In 2003, the magazine covered stories including the construction of the allied health building, which is back ten years later, and smoking on campus. Not much has changed, has it?



Want to know anything about the Nashville area art venues? Well, the Fall 2009 edition covered it all. As for the Spring issue, well, it’s full of sex, love, friendships, and all that cheesy rainbow and unicorn stuff. The Spring issue was all about going green with articles on alternative fuels, organic food, and recycling. While the Fall focused on student features and a freshly elected Barack Obama.

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The Fall issue of 2010 won First Place for Best Student Magazine and National Runner Up in the same category. It contained issues such as communication, travel and student features.




Both magazines covered the devestating tornado that struck Vol State’s campus. The Spring issue won Second Place for Best Student Magazine, presented by the Society of Professional Journalists, Region 12. From a prediction of 10,000 students by 2010 at Vol State to a MySpace feature, this year shows its age. Also, the Fall issue highlighted Vol State’s 35th year anniversary.


The Spring 2007 issue won the same title as Spring of 2006, and focused on issues such as love, lust, and recovery. The Fall issue was so bad, it may have never been distributed.


The entire Spring issue was devoted to the 40th anniversary of Vol State and highlighted who and what has kept the college going. The Fall issue covered some in your face student features. Spring 2012 won the Apple Award for Best Magazine Cover, presented by the College Media Association. While the Fall edition centered on social issues, highlighting the vote.

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ChoosingLocal A sampling of some of the best spots in the area. Story by Tierney Campbell


allatin residents are lucky to be close to Music City, now named one of the top five cities to visit in the Condé Nast Traveler. There are many wonderful spots in Nashville, but finding good places to eat, drink and play locally can be difficult. It may seem like you have to travel downtown to have an enjoyable evening, but there are many unique and interesting spots to visit in this area. Check out these places and look forward to having some fun in the Gallatin and Hendersonville area. Start the night off with drinks and live music at the Whippoorwill, located in the Gallatin square. Previously known as the old Sweeny’s Drug Store, this local gem has made quite a name for itself because of its unique atmosphere and impressive beer selection. Walking up to the Whippoorwill, the weathered drug store sign still painted on the outside provides the invitation to come in and see what this historic place has become. Walls covered in local artists’ work and the antique bicycles hanging from the ceiling immediately strike up curiosity and delight. Soak in the ambiance, order a fresh pilsner from the “prescription” counter, have a seat, and prepare for a memorable show performed by a local rock or

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bluegrass band. The beer and music isn’t the only great thing about Whippoorwill. The menu gives the perfect combination of fine-dining and bar food making this place Gallatin’s first gastropub. Right across the street is The Pizza Machine. This place also has a good beer selection and of course, awesome pizza. From the outside, it feels like the 80s version of a pizza parlor with the sign font resembling the font used on the old Mario Brothers video game. Inside you will find the perfect gathering place for friends and family. If you have a large, actually massive group, you can all pitch in and get a 40-inch pizza with unlimited toppings! It will be the most delicious enormous pizza you have ever eaten. The flair on the inside includes a stagecoach with a sign saying, “World’s First Pizza Delivery,” that catches the attention of every guest. The Pizza Machine does offer up more than just a great place to enjoy pizza. They also have live music nights, and if you are a Walking Dead fan, they play the episodes as they air on Sunday nights for the guests. This means you can watch your favorite zombie apocalypse show, while enjoying a delectable slice of pizza. Whether you choose to go with the bar scene at Whippoorwill, or admire zombies on the big screen, you are guaranteed to have great food and entertainment at these spots. If you are searching for something more active than hanging out at a local eatery, the bowling alleys in Hendersonville may be a better route for you. >>

The old Family Fun Center in Hendersonville, now the Holder Family Fun Center, has been revamped and is entertaining for children and adults. Bowling is a must, and if you can grab a spot in the VIP area, it is much nicer to sit on couches and have good music playing, not to mention a bar within five feet of your lane. Cosmic putt-putt is a quick and fun game to play, and if you are brave, you can check out the laser tag and test your stealth and shooting skills. Another bowling option is the new Strike & Spare, also in Hendersonville. Other than the allure of a new bowling alley (also with a VIP section), this spot features roller-skating, a trampoline jumper, arcade games galore, and laser tag. Conway’s Bar & Grill, located in Strike & Spare, has a stocked bar and a deli-

cious selection of appetizers and entrées so you can have something to munch on while you bowl. Don’t be afraid to let loose and play a game of laser tag or channel the 70s version of yourself while roller skating. The kids may look at you like you are crazy, but having fun is the number one priority. If you want to experience something that is a bit more refined, stop by Avanti Gourmet, located just outside of Gallatin across from Saundersville Road on Main Street. This quaint little bistro has a cozy and comfortable atmosphere, yet maintains the class and sophistication expected in a high end restaurant downtown. There is not an overabundance of seating which allows the guests to enjoy a quiet meal and provides the perfect spot for a date night. >>

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Avanti Gourmet serves delicious Italian and Greek food with a variety of wines to pair with your appetizer, entrée or dessert. Avanti serves breakfast, lunch and dinner so you can get your fix anytime during the day. Make sure to come expecting a five-star meal. J. Doe, one of the proprietors of the restaurant, is a graduate of Johnson and Wales Culinary University, one of the best culinary schools in the U.S.. The proprietors are also devoted supporters of local humane societies and shelters. They contribute to these organizations by hosting fundraiser events and by giving donations. Dine on gourmet food and support local business owners who actually give back to the community? What more could you want? Many people seem to turn to the movie theater when they cannot find something else to do. There have been some great movies to hit the big screen recently, but unless you have a burning desire to see the movie, it is cheaper to wait and rent it on Redbox or buy the digital copy online. Instead of going to see a movie because it is the only thing you can think to do, go to see the Steeple Players in Hendersonville. What you will find here is the opportunity to see something entertaining that you cannot rent or buy. The Steeple Players is Hendersonville’s non-profit community theatre that grew from performing in Hendersonville First United Methodist Church to having its own facility in 2004. There are downtimes when they do not have a show playing. But, for the greater part of every year, they have some type of theatrical production in session. In their current season, they have already featured Alice in Wonderland, Miracle on 34th Street, The Music Man, The Foreigner, and will start the performance of Hairspray May 30, 2013. Bring your student ID and you will get a $5 discount from the normal ticket price of $15, which is cheaper than most movie theaters. Although live theatre is never perfect, you can feel the energy of the performers, and some of the performers will even interact with the audience. This spot provides the

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perfect opportunity to try and substitute the weekly movie theater visit for the experience of live theatre. The last spot tends to be geared more for having a ladies’ night or being used for a romantic date night. If this sounds like what you are looking for, plan for a night at Sips N Strokes located in Hendersonville off Indian Lake Blvd. This spot offers classes where the guest gets to paint with guidance of the art instructor and you are welcome to bring a bottle of wine or a 6-pack to sip on while showing off your artistry skills. They have a different painting scheduled for each day, and as long as you go along with the instructor, you are almost guaranteed a decent piece of art. The paintings that are offered could be a fruit still life, a beautiful flower, a seasonal painting of an Easter egg or a nice beach during the summer. At the end of the night, you get to take your masterpiece home and you will also have a great story to tell about your lovely piece of art. Get your creative brain in gear, grab a good bottle of wine and prepare to be an artist extraordinaire at Sips N Strokes. These spots are the best spots in the area to go if you want to have a night out, but if you are trying to find something to do during the day, look in your local newspapers for events that you can attend. You can find anything from Handmade Item’s Festival to a Writer’s Workshop. During the summer and fall, you can also find nights where there will be a movie in the park and tons of car, truck and boat shows to attend. There are local farmers markets that allow you to purchase fresh and local produce or goods, or check out what the local flea market has to offer. Going to these events is a great way to get involved in your community, meet new people with the same interests as you and support the businesses in your area. Now that you have an idea of some great places to try out in the Gallatin and Hendersonville area, give them a shot. Always check for events in your area that might be of interest to you and take your friends along. There will always be a reason to travel to downtown Nashville, but if you can have just as much fun locally, there’s no need to waste the gas. tp


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n inspirational story lies between the lines of Lisa Napier’s poem, “The Scarecrow.” Napier won honorable mention from the Volunteer State Community College’s T.R.I.O Digitext contest with the uplifting piece. When asked the story behind this poem, a book of struggles was opened. “When I wrote that, I guess I was probably in my teenager years,” said Napier. She said she had contemplated committing suicide during a time when she struggled through poverty with her mom. While she does not consider herself an artist, she utilizes writing for therapy. “In my life, I have experienced homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, family suicide, and other life tragedies. I write about what I know,” said Napier. She began writing when she was a teenager as a therapeutic escape from her alcoholic father. In time, her mother and herself fled from him and entered a world of poverty that drove her to the suicidal thoughts that inspired “The Scarecrow.” She dedicated the piece to her brother, Alvin, who woefully committed suicide at the time that she received honorable mention for her poem.

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The tragedy of her brother’s death has added further meaning to what was already between the lines of the piece. “I just want to make sure that people understand writing can be therapeutic for many reasons. It does not have to be a story or a poem. Just taking time to write a journal for them can help. In addition, writing is not gender specific. Getting things out and putting them on paper can release a lot of sadness, anger, elation, etc…. It has always been an outlet for me, and going back and seeing how far I have come, has been eye opening,” said Napier, regarding her writing. She has taken the challenge of pushing past her writing comfort zone and is writing her first fiction novel, as well as a personal memoir. “Hug those you love a little tighter and a whole lot longer,” is her personal motto. In finding where Lisa is now after a colorful past, she is currently a Vol State student majoring in medical practice management. She also enjoys a life with her husband and three daughters and holds to advice for them to “keep pressing on and never give up on life.” She adds that if her writing can help people find that they are not alone in what they feel, it has served its purpose.

I drove by a cornfield And what did I see? A sad and lonely scarecrow calling out to me. As I walked up And looked into his lonely eyes I suddenly felt a connection That brought tears to mine. Isn’t it the same? A face without a name Hanging all alone, With no emotions of our own. Trapped inside a hollow shell, He looked so pitiful Hanging on those nails. I reached my hands up To take him down, And then I noticed His faded frown. The ties around his Wrists and ankles were rotten And his old torn shirt Smelled of mildewed cotton. I leaned him against The post he called home And I told him I knew how It felt to be all alone. I stood and off to the car I went I didn’t look at my watch For I knew the time was being well spent. From there I retrieved a jacket, a hat, eyeliner, and string. And I chuckled to myself; because I actually had all of these things. I put more stuffing in him From cornhusks and leaves I had found. And I even made his belly; a little more round. The jacket fit perfect And the strings I tied tight. As I whispered to him, “Everything’s going to be alright.” With the eyeliner I turned his frown into a smile, Put his hat on his head And sat with him awhile.

I told him how I was on my way To end my life on that same day. Little did I know on that old country road, There I find a lonely, forgotten scarecrow. I no longer felt useless; For I knew that I was needed. To bring new life to a scarecrow That had been so mistreated. As I told him thank you I kissed his cheek And I hung him back on those nails But this time nice and neat. As I turned towards my car And began to walk away, I heard a vaguely familiar Voice call out my name. He said, “I know you are lonely And I can’t take all of that away, But from my love and guidance, You, my child, did stray. I have waited to hear you pray to me But you never came. I sat and listened oh so close Just in case you said my name. I wish I could have your faith; As I did when you were a child. I assure you if you just believe All this pain would be worthwhile. I have never put more upon you Than I thought you could bare And I never turned my back on you, When you used my name to swear. I am, however, hanging here On these nails once again, To prove to you that you are needed Whether I’m a scarecrow or a man. As I listened to these words from him I felt tears welling in my eyes. And this time I raised them to look At Heaven instead of just the sky. I turned around to answer Him But my words were at a loss For there before me in the cornfield I saw Jesus upon the cross.

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The Sounds of Story by Julian Wright


usic! You love it! With each genre and subgenre continuing to better-develop its own sound, not only has music itself remained original, but it’s also the world’s commonality. While many single artists and bands are making their way to the stage, there is a number of musically inclined artists looking for the best way to get their music heard while having the opportunity to network with other artists world-wide. is an online music sharing source that gives artists the opportunity to network with other artists and producers around the world. SoundCloud designers, Alex Ljung and Eric Wahlforss, have made this kind of musical connection possible since 2007. If you are an artist who wishes to showcase your musical talents, SoundCloud gives you a way to have your very own projects and recordings heard around the world from a single musical sharing source. Competing with its biggest rival for the number one online music platform, MySpace, SoundCloud has taken an aim at making their online music hosting source easier and better to use than the surrounding competition. This has encouraged developers to evolve SoundCloud into a full producing tool for their online users.

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The site can help you progress your musical career just as much as you utilize the tools and networking capabilities it provides online. If you yearn to be heard across the Internet, this is your number one source. Sites like are competing with SoundCloud, but it is the online music community members who have searched for the best online music–sharing platform.

It Really Does Work!

Howard University student Troy Garnder, known online as DJ DeTroyt, said that SoundCloud has done nothing but boosted his online fan base. “SoundCloud is simply dope,” Garnder said, “I can easily promote myself and everyone can find my DJ mixes by typing in one URL.” This site is free to use exclusively, which makes this specific online music platform more popular than a lot of other online services. While you can be charged hundreds of dollars for using a professional online producing program, SoundCloud offers free tutorials, multiple promotional methods and free production tools. Being a Detroit native, Gardner explained how easily his hometown can support his music career while he is studying in Washington D.C.. “My fan base is what is important to me. Not just having it, but making sure that it continues to grow as I continue to create more online content,” Gardner said, “Without Soundcoud’s international networking ability, I probably would not be sending my

music mixes to my 17 listeners in the Bahamas.” SoundCloud continues to expand as a music platform, presenting producers and artists with a new comment feature. Listeners now can leave comments at specific points of each music track featured on the site. This gives users the chance to see people’s reactions to their new songs and mixes. “Until users and artists actually give SoundCloud the time to show them just how far the webiste’s features can take their music, they will never realize just how much of a tool this website can actually be,” said Gardner. Gardner said that he will continue to use SoundCloud to further his music career and to stay up-todate with other artists around the globe.

Technologically Savvy

If you wonder how SoundCloud stays relevant in today’s ever-changing world of music and technology, it’s very simple. In fact, living in a society where smartphones are popular because of their computer-like software, it was imperative for SoundCloud to become available on these trendy mobile devices. Today, mobile phones have developed to a point where we use our phone for way more than phone calls and sending simple text messages. The cool thing is, the developers at SoundCloud understand the situation. SoundCloud has made it possible to listen to music, upload music and share songs right from your mobile device. This has become very convenient because SoundCloud links to music and productions via text message. Not only can you easily send links to one another because of SoundCloud’s mobile feature, but you can also use SoundCloud to post sound boxes on any social site. These sound boxes play as a java hardware insert, presenting itself to anyone who links to the webpage where the SoundCloud play box is embedded. There are important steps taken to keep SoundCloud as successful as it has become today, but one could say it is simply the amount of users that the SoundCloud online music program is being intro-

duced to daily.

SoundCloud sets itself Apart

Unlike many online music features, SoundCloud allows you to form networking groups that will keep groups of artists, listeners and producers connected and updated with any new music content posted from any users in the group. “I make beats and construct instrumentals, which make me a musical engineer,” said Finney, who is also a Nashville music producer, “I can’t even begin to explain how easy SoundCloud makes promotion for me.” Finney said the WP Production label has really gained much of its business and support after setting up a SoundCloud account. “So many people trying to do just what I am aspiring to do, so I stay a step ahead, just to keep myself relevant in today’s music world,” said Finney. “I can honestly break it down to you like this,” said Finney. “SoundCloud connects you to the world, which connects your music to the world, and isn’t that just what we all want as artists?”

SoundCloud Careers

Not only does SoundCloud give individuals the chance to share music, but they also give the chance to start careers working with the team. With many categories of business, SoundCloud opens its doors to people interested in working with design and technology, engineering, community involvement, legal work, finance, and marketing. From, individuals can see a full description of job descriptions of openings that SoundCloud has to offer the public. Noting that they work so hard, there’s barely time to do laundry, the founders inform interested parties that if you plan to join their team, you should be ready to give your all for the betterment of the whole SoundCloud online music team. They are also looking for developers to keep SoundCloud up and coming as an online music business. As SoundCloud continues to develop itself as an online music market, they strive to stay on top of the overall competition by developing their business to stay relevant and interesting for their online users. Whether you’re interested in starting a career with the company, or you simply desire to get your musical works heard across the world, SoundCloud has devoted its business to ensuring you with proper and professional music business strategy. Check them out online, and don’t forget to sign up! tp Spring 2013 The Pioneer 24



Foods for a Healthy Lifestyle By Bri Bromley

To lose weight you need to reduce one or more of your body’s two main ingredients; water or fat.

Iceberg lettuce is one of the few vegetables that contain more alpha-carotene in just half its original form. It has a powerful disease fighting antioxidant in it that neither romaine lettuce nor spinach contain. Navy beans have a significant amount of iron in them that helps transport oxygen from your lungs into your blood cells. Just a half cup of Navy beans hold a total of six grams of fiber, which can also help blood cholesterol levels. Sweet Potato has a good source of potassium and vitamin C. The al-

pha and beta-carotene that make the potato actually orange are converted into vitamins that help your bones, immune system and eyes stay healthy.

Yogurt has vitamin B12, protein, potassium, and calcium. These are nutrients that help maintain good health and diminish intestinal illnesses.

Berries can potentially help one lose weight and maintain a sharp mind.

Raspberries contain eight grams of fiber per cup. The vitamin C in this fruit has a skin-tightening nutrient that will make you feel healthy and vibrant.

Fish is very low in calories and still supplies the correct amount of protein, unsaturated fats and iron.

Sirloins and flank steaks are lower fatty cuts that still taste great, and you wouldn’t be breaking any diet rules.

Turkey has plenty of protein to make the person feel fuller while eating a lowfat meal.

Almonds are high in fats that are good for building brain tissue, and also have rich minerals such as calcium, copper and magnesium. Water will ultimately be your main consumer in trying to lose weight. It is

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The Settler

We put out every Tuesday!

Conversation English Learning English as a second language. Story by Shawn York


iao,” An Italian woman wrote when asked to write a short statement for the students of Volunteer State Community College. She wrote the statement completely

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in Italian, as deftly as any American student might write “Hi.” She came to the United States with her husband when he transferred here with his work. Her name is Monica, and she is not a student at Vol State, but she comes to attend the conversation group that meets in the language center on Thursdays. The conversation group’s entire purpose, according to Susan Previte, director of the language center, is for students that speak English as a second language to be able to get together and simply

hear the language (English) spoken. There are six students in the conversation group and only one student speaks English as her first language. Ha is a Buddhist monk who speaks no English outside of Vol State. Previte makes it a point to have him speak at each meeting. At one particular meeting, he spoke of what he planned to do during spring break, “I will rent a car, and I will go to Iowa,” said Ha, with a very thick Vietnamese accent. “But I worry about the weather.” The last statement was met with a rousing chorus of laughter. “In this conversation group, we just want a place where ESOL students can come and speak English,” said Previte. Of the eight people involved in the conversation group on this day, five na-

tions were represented: Vietnam, Indonesia, Peru, Italy, and America. “They [The group members] need to hear English spoken as well as speak it themselves,” said Previte. Be they Italian, Vietnamese, Sudanese, Hispanic, or from any number of other countries, these immigrants just want a chance to achieve the “American Dream,” or simply improve themselves. Some of the people in the group are attempting to master the English language to improve their ability to work with other English speakers. Some of the members of the conversation group are working to advance themselves and their families some and are here to flee oppressive governments. To help immigrants fully succeed in the American college, many colleges have created ESOL courses or English for speakers of other languages programs. There are programs and laboratories set up and primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The mission statement of this program is “The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program … [Creates] educational programs that enhance communication among our diverse population.” This is a government program. The government is not alone in this endeavor. Vol State also offers a number of classes specifically designed for ESOL students. There are at least eight actual courses designed to help people who do not speak English natively to get to a point where they are able to participate and succeed in standard classes. The college has college-level classes in intermediate level and advanced level English writing, reading, vocabulary development, conversation,

and some in listening and speaking. The goal of these classes is to better prepare non-native students “to succeed in the American college classroom,” according to the Vol State website. “In my class there are 12 nations represented,” said Cindy Chanin, assistant professor of English and ESOL instructor. “The classes are fairly strict… in order for a student to progress, two teachers have to be involved in the decision,” said Chanin. Monica spoke about how she obtained her GED. “I attended the adult education, Gallatin for six months and they helped me get my GED.” She could speak English before but she said it was only “technical, not for everyday use.” She sheepishly looked back

already has college degrees “I finished my conscervatorio (music school).” She went on to say that she “worked in a travel agency for 20 years.” She looked up from her paper awaiting another question while tentatively eyeing her English writing. Listening to the conversation group, not only are non-native English speakers learning from native English speakers, but the English speakers are in fact also learning from them. For instance, the Indonesian student instructed us on the way in which to indicate to another family member or person in Indonesia. If your brother or sister is older than you, you are not allowed to refer to them by name in a formal setting. Culturally, you must refer to them as brother or sister. It is also improper to refer to any elder without putting a proper pronoun in front such as “Miss Hannah.” Even though she was told repeatedly to just call her neighbor Hannah, she could not bring herself to call Hannah by her first name. The point was brought up that Southerners do that as well. As she finished speaking, Monica, her eraser going at 1,000 miles an hour trying to fix the English translation of the paragraph she was writing, began speaking of the biggest culture shock she experienced in America, “You eat differently than we do.” She giggled as she presented her paragraph. “The Italian portion of her paragraph, which she wrote as easily as most students write in English, ended with “Spero di conoscere presto nuovi amici,” “I hope to meet some new friends.” tp

"Spero di conoscere presto nuovi amici." at her paper correcting more of the English translation, “I had to begin again in my grammar.” She continued about the school, “There are many people there like me that they helped get their GED, and it’s free.” She smiled. While speaking, Monica looked down at the paper where she’s written her statement and began to correct some of her English words in the translation. She began speaking of Hendersonville and where her daughter attends school, “She is 9 now, and she speaks English.” Monica looked down at the paper and began erasing a word, while silently mouthing the spelling of the English word. Transplanting herself and her family from Milan, Italy to Hendersonville, Tenn. has caused a little culture shock. She has been living here for one year. She

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Credits and Special Thanks Editor in Chief Margaret Blakemore Graphic Design & Layout Margaret Blakemore ...... 1-24, 26-30 Gabby LeBeau ................ 15-16 Michael Delk ................. 25

Writers Chanel Alford ................ 11-13 Bri Bromley .................... 25 Tierney Campbell .......... 17-19 Elizabeth Hamilton ....... 5-6 Kera Malone .................. 21 Brandy Nicholson .......... 15-16 Kristina Shaw ................ 7-9 Julian Wright ................. 23-24 Shawn York .................... 27-28

Copy Editor

Daisy Brooks Brandy Nicholson


Clay Scott

Photographers 7, 27...... Margaret Blakemore 1, arcade.................. Silvia Garcia 18.................... Ashlee Hust 18...................Chelsea Lane Cover/Back 10, 18......... Manon Lane 18................. Heidy Latorre 3-4, 6..................Travis Walker

Special Thanks Timothy Caldwell The Pioneer 100359-12 Volunteer State Community College is Melissa Fox an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its program and activities. The following person has been designated to Shannon Lynch handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Dr. Carol Topping Kenny E. Yarbrough, Th.D., Director, Student Life & Diversity Initiatives 1480 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, TN 37066 Len Assante 615-230-3441 The Internet, models and all sources and commentators. Š 2013 The Pioneer. All rights reserved. 29 The Pioneer Spring 2013

Letter from the Editor Dear Reader, Initially I was not going to write a letter from the editor, because there is a farewell letter in this issue. However, I too would like to say farewell to all the readers who are genuinely upset about the magazine coming to an end. T his is my second time as editor and let me tell you, it is not an easybreezy job, where one can expect

an easy A. I would like to thank all the editors before me. How lucky you were to actually have a staff. I would also like to give thanks to the staff that I had to beg and threaten to help me on the past two issues. You all are the best. Without you there would be no student magazine this semester. I truly hope that the magazine will

rise from the grave to bring Vol State more issues of the student run publication. (You can call it the Easter issue #Resurrection). Last but definitely not least, I would like to thank Clay Scott for his expertise and advice. He is great adviso]er. Key word being advisor and not ruler or controller of the staff. (Just when you thought there would be no spring 2013 issue, I surprised you and pulled it off. :) Hopefully, there will be more issues, so Clay is not forced to teach additional classes... No one wants that! Again thank you to everyone who has ever read an issue of T he Pioneer, and to anyone who has ever been a part of the development. You all are truly loved. XOXO, Margaret Blakemore

Photo by Margaret Blakemore Model: Adriel Porter

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