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Find your passion and use it to improve the World

The Mane Issue

Volume 6, Issue 5

Wallace State’s Student Newspaper

In This Issue Arts in April

Going Green

Campus News

Instructor Profile

Changes at Wallace State

And Much More...

April 2009

April 2009 Upcoming Events Wednesday, April 22 Earth Day - Activities on campus all day 9:30am Campus Ministry's Food Closet Thursday, April 23 9:30am Campus Ministry's Food Closet 2pm Softball vs. Calhoun 7pm WSCC Singers Dinner Show Friday, April 24 All day Alumni Connection 6pm Hanceville HS Dinner Show 7pm WSCC Singers Dinner Show Saturday, April 25 7pm WSCC Singers Dinner Show Sunday, April 26 2pm Softball vs. Alabama Southern Monday, April 27 Early Summer Registration Begins 9:30am Campus Ministry's Food Closet Tuesday, April 28 9:30am Campus Ministry's Food Closet

8pm Journey College Bible Study Wednesday, April 29 9:30am Campus Ministry's Food Closet 10am Graduation Rehearsal Thursday, April 30 9:30am Campus Ministry's Food Closet 6pm Baseball vs. Lawson State 7pm Music Department Spring Concert Saturday, May 2 2pm Baseball vs. Lawson (DH) Monday, May 4 Early On-Site Registration Begins Final Exams 9:30am Campus Ministry's Food Closet Tuesday, May 5 Final Exams 9:30am Campus Ministry's Food Closet 8pm Journey College Bible Study Wednesday, May 6

Editor’s Notes There are certain times when every writer finds the need to use a tired cliche` to describe the moment at hand. So, I say, Spring is in the air. It is easily noticeable to students and their instructors that the summer months are drawing near, the final round of finals will be given and we will all soon find relaxation and excitement. Summer, especially for the college student presents a time for new beginnings and exciting changes. The remaining staff members of The Mane Issue will be re-evaluating and changing our paper in the coming months, we will also be involving ourselves in new initiatives to better the campus of Wallace State through a focus on the environment. Students of our college are very involved and constantly finding ways to make the world around them a better place. It is important to remember that change on a large scale begins with one mind, one idea, and its influence on a group of like-minded individualism. We encourage you to take your ideas to the next level, organize your friends, and change the world. As the world constantly changes, for better or for worse, it is up to uscollege students- to shape the world into a place that will allow us to succeed in the future. Pick your passion and use it to change the world. Thank you for reading. Sam Rolley Editor, The Mane Issue

Final Exams 9:30am Campus Ministry's Food Closet Thursday, May 7 Final Exams 9:30am Campus Ministry's Food Closet Friday, May 8 Final Exams Cullman County Water Festival Mini Term II Ends ACCC Baseball Tournament 4pm Diagnostic Imaging Pinning 5pm Respiratory Therapy Pinning Saturday, May 9 ACCC Baseball Tournament Sunday, May 10 ACCC Baseball Tournament Monday, May 11 ACCC Baseball Tournament First Day books can be charged on Pell Grant and Stafford Loans for Summer

Local Professional Development 9:30am Campus Ministry's Food Closet Tuesday, May 12 ACCC Baseball Tournament Local Professional Development Grades Due 9:30am Campus Ministry's Food Closet 8pm Journey College Bible Study Wednesday, May 13 ACCC Baseball Tournament Faculty Duty Days 9:30am Campus Ministry's Food Closet Thursday, May 14 ACCC Baseball Tournament Faculty Duty Days 9:30am Campus Ministry's Food Closet 6pm Nursing Pinning

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Wallace State Student Newspaper Staff. Sam Rolley, Editor Andrew Hill Andre Caldwell Aldo Amato

Bethany Petty Heather Mortensen Cameron Thomas Elisabethe Dorning

Jasmine Hall Tycheria Woods Ashley Lecroy

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Mission It is the mission of the Wallace State Student Newspaper to inform the Wallace State student body of campus news and events.

Participation The newspaper always welcomes new staff members. If you are interested in participating on the newspaper staff, please contact Kristen Holmes. or a staff member for info.

Submissions and Suggestions If you have a story idea or would like to make a submission to the Wallace State Student Newspaper, please send an email to All submissions must include the author’s name and contact information. The WSCC Student Newspaper reserves the right to reject any submissions and to edit all published material. It is the policy of the Alabama State Board of Education and Wallace State Community College, a postsecondary institution under its control, that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability or age, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, activity or employment.Wallace State Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097. Ph: 404-679-4501).

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Campus News

April 2009

Cutting Costs and Conserving Energy this Summer - WSCC Tests a 4-Day Work Week Wallace State will join a growing number of week reduction, that protects jobs for our Brevard Community College in Florida tested colleges across the country moving temporarily employees and preserves funds for other neces- a four-day week during the summer of 2007 to a 4-day work week this summer as a cost sav- sary operational expenses.” when gas prices rose. According to a CNN ings measure to address budget reductions, but In an effort to give colleges flexibility and cre- report, students welcomed the move. James also as a win-win way to meet student needs. ativity to effectively run campuses during the Drake, Brevard’s president, said that the move “Our first priority will always be serving stueconomic crisis, the State Board of Education “worked out better than anyone hoped.” The dents,” said Wallace State President Dr. Vicki recently approved a revision to Policy 609.03, money the college was able to save from evenHawsey. “We have examined this option for tually instituting a four-day schedule the better part of a year, and have studied throughout the year allowed them to hire results at other colleges and public entities additional faculty to better serve a growing that have already instituted a four-day work student population. The college reported week with positive results.” less absenteeism among employees, Classes that meet Monday through increased morale and less turnover, and Thursday have always been the more popan increase in employment applications. ular for students, filling up first, and an Nearly a year after the State of Utah expanded Monday through Thursday colmoved to a 4-day work week, the state lege schedule will provide more class reported reduced greenhouse gas emisoptions during those days. With the growth sions, reduced gasoline consumption of online classes, Wallace State is now among employees, improved morale, and able to serve students 24/7. That means savings on contract services. Their sucThe WSCC campus will power down on Fridays this summer. students whose work schedules insist they cess has become a model for institutions, attend on Fridays will not be left out. Even businesses, and other states across the the technical programs, which have increasingly which requires campuses to remain open at country that are considering or have already incorporated technology into classrooms, will use least 40 hours per week but gives college presimoved to a four-day work week this year. the option of some online coursework to make dents the flexibility to establish alternatives to a “We have to look for ways to save money, offerings more flexible. standard five day work week. preserve jobs, and continue to exceed the high The college hopes to save up to 20 percent Surveys of employees across campus level of personal student service for which of utility costs in the summer by powering down regarding the summer scheduling change were Wallace State is known,” Hawsey said. most of the campus over the three-day weekend. overwhelmingly positive, said Hawsey. “There Wallace State’s new summer schedule will Costs skyrocketed last year when TVA prices were concerns about childcare voiced by a few begin June 1 following the Memorial Day holiday went up. employees but overall the responses we got and continue until August 1. An updated class “Our annual utility costs are now approxiwere very favorable.” schedule will be available online at mately $2 million--we have a very large camThe college will offer options to those who prior to registration for pus,” said Hawsey. “We are hoping to save up to need to work on Fridays. A couple of buildings summer semester, which begins April 27. 20 percent of those utility costs by closing our will remain open which house outside programs Summer classes begin May 27. campus one day a week. If we can save like the Diagnostic Poultry Lab and Alabama $300,000 to $400,000 through this pilot work Career Services.

Did You Know? By Ashley LeCroy A household with working couples uses about 4,117 kWh electricity. A single person uses 3,084 kWh of electricity. A family with two children uses 5,480 of electricity. Just changing to energy efficient light bulbs can save up to 75% of energy. A person uses 80 – 100 gallons of water a day, the largest use of household water is flushing the toilet and taking showers. By changing your shower head to an energy efficient shower head it can save up to 40% of water. By fixing leaking faucets and toilets on an average you can save up to 8% (or more) of water. So the next time you go shopping look for energy efficient products. You will be amazed at just how much it really does save. If you don’t believe me, try it - what do you have to lose?

Student Support Services Visits Atlanta On March 19 and 20, members of the Wallace State Student Support Services program travelled to Atlanta, Ga. for the program’s annual Spring Cultural Trip. Students toured CNN Studios, the World of Coke Museum, and the new King Tut Exhibit, "Tutankhamen: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs." At The High Museum of Art, they viewed "The First Emperor China's Terracotta Army," touted to be one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century. Students also visited The King Center, learning how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned his community and the world in a spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood. They were also given a guided bus tour of historic sites throughout Atlanta. Students participating in the SSS Sprint Trip were Desiree Baird, Adam Schrimsher, Tawanna Salters, Ebony Billups, Deborah Ellison, Lisa Lewis, Aaron Pecina, Justin Munford, Markiec Ridley, Ivan Zamora, Leasa Amplas, Patricia Graves, Erika Nix, Selita Cater, Kenyatta Hampton, Tae Stephens, Tammy Cofield, Charlotte Graves, Britney Gilley, Alice Welch, Adam Holmes, Nick Wilks, Ryan Hale, Kameshia Ross, Jordan Roberts, and Lamarcus Savage.

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Student Lifestyle

April 2009

April Brings Art to WSCC Ellington’s classic “Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From signals singers and band members might use to The arts were in the air at Wallace State Me.” communicate, such as holding three fingers up Community College in Hanceville last week as The combo featured Alabama Jazz Hall of to indicate three sharps and three fingers down music and theatre performances, a visual arts Famer Sonny Harris on drums; the University of to indicate three flats. exhibit and a literary forum enlivened the camAlabama’s Director of Jazz Studies Christopher “Every place I go I have a different combo,” pus and community. Kozak on bass; pianist Raymond Reach, who she said. “I have had the pleasure of working The Wallace State Theatre Department percurrently serves with these guys before, but not in this format, formed a Variety as Director of and sometimes you work with musicians with Show on Tuesday Student Jazz less jazz experience. The key is communication. as part of the colPrograms for the That’s what jazz is – it’s a conversation withlege’s weeklong Alabama Jazz Hall out words,” she said. Arts in April lineup. of Fame; and Kosins said she was first inspired by jazz Department Ricky Burks, Chair instrumentalists like Miles Davis and Charlie cast members of the Wallace Parker. Her singing interests began with rock debuted skits from State Music and roll. She followed Janis Joplin before finding “Times Like This” Department and a passion for jazz vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Diane by Lucky Stiff, Jazz Band Reeves and Tony Bennett. “Controlling Director, on saxoThis performance was Kosins’ second at Interest” by Wayne phone. Wallace State. She performed during the first Rawley, and Throughout the Arts in April in 2004. Thornton Wilder’s hour session, Members of the Wallace State Jazz Band “Our Town.” They Kosins encourperforming with Kosins included Aaron Williams, revived selected aged questions Quintarius Wright, Chris Jones, Jared Salter, scenes from their Jazz vocalist Kathy Kosins preformed during Arts in April. from the audience, David Topping, Zach Payne, Lindsey Jett, Wes earlier performancespecially from Frydendahl, Hallie Drake, Jonathan Deaver, es of the musical “Grease” and Paul Rudnick’s “I music students. Katelynn Briscoe, Marrieanne Walsh, Steven Hate Hamlet.” “Don’t you want to know what the life of a Methrin, Jason Smith, Jessica Hagemore, and “I was so glad the community came out,” professional musician is really like?” she asked. Jacob Keisler. said WSCC Theatre Director Lauren Cantrell. “Well it’s not all glamour. “We hope to make the even bigger and better There’s a bed bug epidemic Festivities every year.” in this country – and all continued Cantrell was complimentary of her cast. over the world really,” she with a liter“They are so committed and they work really said. “No kidding, I just saw ary forum hard, but they enjoy it. They all give a 100 persomething in the paper featuring cent,” she said. “I’m impressed that they are so again this week. I take my National adaptable and so enthusiastic--working with magnifying glass and flashBook them is a pleasure.” light everywhere I go!” Award Tuesday’s cast members included Leslie On a more serious side, finalist Smith, Michael Bryant, Jacob Sotherland, Eric Kosins discussed the way Dennis Fisher, Kyle Windsor, Bekah Westbrook, Caitlin jazz musicians make music, Covington Nixon, Heather Mortenson, Brittney Parker, even when they have not on Amber Dutenhoeffer, Kate Mullaney, and Nick performed together before. Thursday, Wrightson. There are conventional and a Big Band On Wednesday, the Music Department hostpopular forms as well as Dance by ed acclaimed jazz vocalist Kathy Kosins. Wallace State Theatre Department cast members pose after tunes professional musithe Jazz performing in the Arts in April Variety Show. Kosins performed several numbers with cians should have in their Band on members of the Wallace State Jazz Band and repertoire, she said. She recommended students Friday, and a Juried Art Exhibition on Saturday. with a combo, including “Lullaby and the learn to play in a wide variety of keys and Visit for photos and a Leaves,” “Black Orpheus,” “The Way You Look demonstrated some of the gestures and hand recap of these events. Tonight,” and a big band arrangement of Duke

April is STD Awareness Month The CDC estimates that there are approximately 19 million new cases of STDs each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24. There are physical and psychological impacts. Untreated, some STDs can lead to serious health consequences, including infertility.

Many of those who are infected do not know it because many STDs do not have any symptoms. The only way to know for sure whether a person has an STD is to get tested. For more information call the National STD Hotline: 1-800-227-8922. Assistance is available from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. cen-

tral time, Monday through Friday or visit one of Alabama’s 67 county health departments. To find a location in Alabama, check the Alabama Department of Public Health Web site at More information is also available at

Campus Ministries Update By Jasmine Hall Campus Ministries holds a Journey Bible Study on Tuesdays at 8pm in the Campus Ministries Room at the Wallace State Student Center. Devo/PT is in the Campus Ministries Room on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Commissioned Team includes Jade Austin, Lucas Johnson, Kayla Baker, Jasmine Hall, Tabitha Pierce, Elizabeth Spence, Jessica Cagle, and Jimmy Moon. Don’t miss Food for Thought and the Food Closet. For more information about these or other Campus Ministries Activities, contact Christy Hicks at or call 352-8280.

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Student Lifestyle

Phi Theta Kappa Inducts New Members Wallace State recently welcomed 153 members into the Alpha Chi Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society of the Two-Year College during the organization’s spring induction ceremony on campus. Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1.5 million members and 1,200 chapters located in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau. The Wallace State chapter has been recognized by PTK as a 5-Star Chapter, the highest level of attainment for a chapter, for its large membership and wide variety of programs and activities offered to participants. Activities have included collecting books to send to students in Africa, participation in community service fund raising projects, attendance at a conference on leadership, and hosting math tournaments. Induction into Phi Theta Kappa is held twice a year at Wallace State, once in the fall and once in the spring. Students who earn a 3.5 GPA for 12 or more credit hours the previous semester are invited to join. The following Wallace State students were honored with membership this spring: Kayla Carden, Heather Lokey, Vivian Tawbush, Emily Belue, Jacob Belue, Jessica Jarrett, Balinda Lantz, Angela Brackeen, Natalie Harrison, Tiffanee Beard, Kyli Rasco,Jacqueline Ptomey, Comeshea Robinson, Jessica Graves, Wanda Lee, Eve Sypniewski, Jacob Lybrand, Christina McWhor, Jake Smith, Toshia Woodard, Connie Estes, Traci Hite, Brittany Hopkins, Virginia Barber, Micheal Bryant, Edward Carter, Meredith Davis, Misty Foster, Danielle Frazier, Geoffrey Harbison, Nina Harbison, PTK inductees and family members enjoy a reception at Sonya Hart, Nayeli Hernandez, Wallace State. Phillip Jester, Melissa Johnson, Irene Kijem, Brittany Lemons, John Patterson, Jeffery Putman, Tina Ryan, Kathryne Striker, Candace Tabor, Sharon Thomas, Lauren Tidwell, Matthew Callahan, Cali Fitzgerald, Tonya Vickers, Ali Barnette, Shaunna McIntyre, Lakera Rice, Cassandra Daniels, James Hight, Sandra Gutierrez, Paul Elsea Jr., Lucas Johnson, Lauren Wilhite, Jennifer Butler, Crystal Pendleton, Somer Cousins, Patrick Brown, Hope Bailey, Morgan Blackwood, Donald Bryant Jr., Kalie Bullard, Ashley Chapman, Sherry Clark, Kalah Green, Jenny Marquez, Joseph Martin, Patricia Meier, Andrew Odom, Mackenzie Snapp, Colton Terry, Benjamin Wood, Lauren Atkins, Aleah Bridges, William Dr. Hawsey congratulates a student on her Carroll, Sandie Davis, John Landers, Courtney PTK induction. Lawrence, Micah Milligan, Leslie Smith, Aaron Williams,: Tonnia Davis, Tena Embury, Stephanie Marsh, Danielle O'Donnell, Sydney Pair, Elizabeth Riggs, India Stephens,: Kelsey Dennis,: Kristen Haynes, Russell Walker,: Haley Findley, Chelsea McLain, Christopher Shumate, Emily Bagwell, Zachary Kennedy, Thomas Koen, Matthew Taylor, Lacey McGee, Britany Henry, Sydney Hall, Allison Cornwell, Britney Gilley, Kali Cienkus, Stacey Glasgo, Heather Allums,: Daniel Fagan, Joshua Gaines, Matthew Pugh, Alyssa Budisalich, Dayna Lavett, Haley Mayfield, Amy Sorensen, Rachel Spence, Elizabeth Wesson, Tallie Gibbs, Josie Foust, Danny Hill, Andrea Hughes, Gavin King, Taylor Mathews, Kathryn Richards, Maria Vargas, Pamela White, Holly Gentry, Pamela McQueary, Melia Romine, Jada Howel, Colton Stinson, Katelyn Tribble, Jessie Jones, Amy Mitchell, Sharon Kirkman-Spaight, Lindsay Jester, Patrick Taylor, James Taylor, Katelynn Briscoe, Leah Gay, Margaret Phillips, Sarah Rogers, Haley Anderson, Marie Baldwin, Patricia Graves, Sandy Hannon, Mark McGraw, Jessica Miller, Sydra Nelms, Joseph Rooker, Tonya Rooker, Ashley Tolbert, and Courtney Tolbert.

For more information about Phi Theta Kappa, contact organization sponsors Stacey Moore, math instructor, at or 256/352.8241, or Brandon Smith, math instructor, at or 256/352-8207.

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WSCC Instructor Profile... Introducing Mark Neal By Jasmine Hall How long have you been teaching at Wallace? o I began teaching part-time in 1991. What bands did you started directing o I started directing Pep Band and giving out private lessons. What does Wallace State means to you? o Wallace State is home to me. I graduated from here in 1985, and when the opportunity came to return as an instructor, I did not hesitate. What is your favorite part of working at Wallace? o Working with the students in a musical atmosphere because a bad day with music is better than a good day anywhere else.

Instructor Mark Neal and his beloved guitar

What would you say to people who want to try out for band? o We welcome you. You should be prepared to stay busy and work hard, but still have a great time. What would you say to the people who are transferring and graduating? o I hope you have gained much from this experience. Please don’t be a stranger.

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Green Commentary

April 2009

Green...Pencils? Electronics?

The Politics of Going Green

By Cameron Thomas

By Cameron Thomas With recent changes in America’s political and economic stability, people can’t help but ask themselves, is Obama going to keep all those ‘green’ promises? In their Blueprint for Change, Obama and Biden put aside ‘$25 billion in a state growth fund’ and that the ‘fund will also ensure sufficient funding for home heating and weatherization assistance’. Fast-forward a few months later and Obama has settled with House and Senate negotiators to support the WAP (Weatherization Assistance Program) with $5 billion. This plan, included in the stimulus bill, will allow for the weatherization of 800,000 to 900,000 homes. This is very close to Obama’s promise of weatherizing ‘at least 1 million low-income homes each year for the next decade’. This not only provides more efficient, weatherwithstanding homes for low income families, but also reduces energy consumption and therefore lowering energy cost and reduces America’s dependence on foreign oil. On top of that, it helps to lower the country’s overall carbon footprint. Another ‘green’ promise was to give consumers of plug-in hybrid cars a tax credit of up to $7,500. This will give consumers another reason to purchase more energy efficient vehicles; though currently no such cars are available in the U.S. at this time, the Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius plug-in hybrids are scheduled to come to the market next year. The news is Obama has kept his promise to provide this incentive for hybrid vehicle buyers and has included this as part of his economic stimulus plan passed back in February. Felix Kramer, founder of the California Cars Initiative, which is a non-profit group promoting plug-in hybrid electric vehicles stated, “It actually goes way beyond what he promised.” So, it seems as if Obama is on the right track to seeing many of his energy saving promises kept, and 2009 is still young! If Mr. Obama continues to put forth effort into making America more self-sufficient and less reliant on foreign oil, this country will become more equipped to help its people succeed in their good times, and bad.

GREENCILES Greenciles, a product of the Arvee Corporation, is a new pencil made of 100% recycled paper, with a graphite core. The Greencile helps to keep trees where they are, and forests as natural as they should be by using absolutely no wood. Even the shavings can be used to make other environmentally friendly products, and the process by which the Greenciles are made wraps the newsprint, printer paper, stationery, etc. around the graphite core. The Arvee Corporation has its own wide range of office and stationary products, all of which are green and great for the environment. There are some truly innovative products on their website ranging from an eco-friendly stapler, to products made of bamboo. It’s becoming harder and harder to make up excuses not be more green and energy efficient, so stop making excuses and help the environment. Visit today, for great ideas on how to start. THE BAMBOO I love gadgets, and who in this age doesn’t? Adobe Photoshop has long been my favorite photo manipulation and retouching software, but I haven’t felt like I’ve been getting everything I can out of their software. Then I bought a Bamboo, by Wacom. This amazing tablet allows for the editing, retouching, drawing, and selecting in Photoshop to be done by hand. The bamboo allows for the personalization of emails, handwriting recognition software allows you to type without typing, and it works along with other programs like Microsoft OneNote and the Office 2007 applications. So how can this gadget be eco friendly? It’s paperless. The Wacom Bamboo makes annotations, note taking, photo manipulation, drawing, designing, drafting, editing, and even animating a more simplified task requiring no paper. Less paper and printing translates into less waste and less ink used, affectively lowering money spent on needless printing. And it’s pretty fun, too.

Check out the April issue of Student Health 101 In the April issue... “What’s in Your Wallet?” - Give yourself a financial checkup. “Ready for Finals?” - Tips on study styles, time management and more. “Get Ahead in Life” - Strategies to help reduce stress, including the benefits of counseling and when to seek help. “Do you know what to do in an emergency?” - Knowing exactly what to do in an emergency could save your life, or the life of someone you know. You can access Student Health 101 under Campus Life on the Current Students page of the Wallace State web site, Student Health 101 is sponsored by Heads Up! and available online free of charge for Wallace State Students. Rise Above the Influence. Visit Greg Mayo, Heads Up! Prevention Coordinator, in the Student Center or email

Ten Ways to Save the Environment Without Leaving Your Dorm By Bethany Petty 1. Unplug seldom used appliances. 2. Use a microwave whenever you can instead of a conventional oven or stove. 3. Wash clothes with warm or cold water instead of hot. 4. Shut off electrical equipment in the evening when you leave work. 5. Use e-mail instead of paper correspondence 6. Re-use items like bags and containers when possible. 7. Use reusable containers to store food instead of aluminum foil and cling wrap. 8. Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones. 9. Use reusable plates and utensils instead of disposable ones. 10. Recycle, Recycle, Recycle.

The Mane Issue would love to hear your ideas about making our campus more ecofriendly. Email them to

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Time Boxing By Andrew Hill During the week of finals, everything piles on. We've all been there. There are classes you don't like or find boring, on which you procrastinate. Or there are classes you like, which you procrastinate on anyway, or you try for a few hours, draw a blank, and exhaust yourself.

April 2009

In the world of programming, there's a very effective work technique called Time Boxing. Time Boxing is concentrating your best effort at a certain task for a certain period of time, without worrying about "finishing" it or not. It's simple, but extremely powerful when used correctly. For example, I set a timer for 50 minutes, during which time I focus on reading my notes, then for 10 minutes I have a coffee break, or watch 10 minutes of a tv show. Then I do 50 more minutes of work, etc. What can you use it for? Overcome procrastination, set a minimum time to work, and then start doing the task you were avoiding, When the timer goes off, you can stop, or keep going. Overcome perfectionism, set a maximum time to work, then when the timer goes off, you stop working. Time boxing has several benefits. It's motivational--just like crossing off items from a to do list, you see you're getting work done. It sharpens your focus by removing everything besides what you're doing from the equation. It increases efficiency--studies have shown that most people do their best near the end of a deadline than before it; timeboxing is simply mini-deadlines. It raises time awareness--time auditing is extremely valuable to determine what exactly you're doing a majority of the time. For more information on similiar techniques, visit

BCM Mission Trip

By Jasmine Hall The Baptist Campus Ministries Spring Break mission team went to New Orleans on March 2227, 2009. We left Wallace State at 10:30am and enter New Orleans at about 6pm. The first thing that we did was unpack our suitcases in our dorms. Because there were six girls and 4 boys, it ended up with all the girls in one room on the first floor and all the boys on the second floor. We ate Domino’s Pizza and we went to the opening devotional. That night we went to bed early because we had a big week coming up. On Monday March 23, we woke up at about 6:30 in the morning. We ate at the Seminary and drove to Bethel Colony, which is a place where many who used to have unhealthy addictions find their way to the Lord. We sat in on one of their services. After that, we went around the back and helped them fold up the clothes and to help them identify the tools and put them in the attic in one of the houses. They treated us to a lunch of homemade jambalaya. After we got through working at the houses, we went to get some shaved ice. At 5:00pm, we ended up eating at the Café with an order of BBQ sandwiches, chips, etc. Once we had replenished ourselves, we went to an abandoned place called the Wall which used to be a levee until Hurricane Katrina’s devastation. At the Wall we encountered many homeless and destitute individuals to whom we provided meals.

On Tuesday, we returned to Bethel Colony to hear a man named Frankie Hudson speak about the challenges that we face and the various ways we can cope through worship. After that we helped the members to fold clothes and

prepare a meal. We were given some Mardi Gras beads on our way to the morning services. We went back to the Seminary to make hygiene packs and work on our skits. While everyone else was working on the human video skit Elizabeth Spence and I went back to Bethel Colony with Melinda and Frankie Hudson for the evening services. The service was amazing and I was glad that I went, but I had to go straight back to the seminary because of my toothache

Looking for a way to live cheap yet eco friendly? By Elisabeth Dorning ....Well, then you might want to check out recycled shipping containers. Yes you heard me correctly, I said shipping containers. They are inexpensive and easy to make modern and comfortable. Urban Space Management, a group of builders in London have a website with images of the entire communities, schools, and farmer’s markets they’ve built using old freight containers. There is also a really amazing clip from Modern Marvels that you can watch on YouTube that shows how the builders did it, and how much it costs to live there. The average is $1,500 to $3,000 each. And, that’s for shipping crates that are 40 ft long x 8 ft wide x 8 ft tall. Another amazing thing about these shipping crates is that they are made to stack on top of each other. If you watch the YouTube video about Container City, then you will find that every container is made exactly the same, which means they can easily be stacked. This leads to some funky, Lego-like structures that are fun and very interesting to see.

and the awful side effects. On Wednesday, we went from New Orleans to Norco to help with their first Baptist Church. We packaged over 1000 Easter door hangers and we split into teams of two. We went back into the church and started to work on the service that we are doing that night. We had a wonderful service with Brandon Standridge as the speaker and Melinda Hudson gave her testimony. We performed two skits: the basketball skit and the human video skit. Joshua Griffith led the worship. After that we went to Burger King. On Thursday, we went to the French Quarter and hand out hygiene packs. We went shopping after that and then we were on our way to the Day Haven Day Care for service. I was leading the service this time and Jimmy Moon spoke to the elderly. After that we played Bingo with them and watched the Lundi Gras video. After that we went on a campus tour of the chapel. We went back to pack for the day after we ate and had a closing devotional. We left on Friday and arrived back to Wallace at 4:00pm. We ended with a prayer and a new family. The people who went on the trip were Jade Austin, Tabitha Pierce, Jen Prybyla, Joshua Griffith, Brandon Standridge, Jasmine Hall, Jessica Cagle, Elizabeth Spence , Chatham Chance, and Jimmy Moon. The three chaperones were Christy Hicks, Frankie Hudson, and Melinda Hudson.

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Campus News

2008-2009 Basketball Recap By Bethany Petty Unfortunately the basketball season has come to the end for our Wallace State Lions basketball program. The Wallace State Lions ended their season with 28 wins and 4 losses. Our Lions put the C in committed as they stepped on the court and played their hearts out for a full 40 minutes. The team entertained us with their impressive moves and dunking styles, but they also showed us their determination. They are truly a gifted team and this reporter knows it only the beginning - in my book they are Kings of Lions. The three sophomores on the team recorded the following stats: #2 Jeff Smith with a record of 649 points, 251 assists and 98 steals. #5 Reginald Billingslea with a record of 6.6 points, 4.9 assists and 1.3 steals. #15 Brandon Moore with a record of 588 points, 430 rebounds.

Highlights from the season include the Wallace State Lions were beating Lawson State in a last second shot to win the game and knocking Gadsden State out of the conference tournament 90-63. The Lions also enjoyed a 20 game home winning streak this season. Our Lady Lions ended their season with 15 wins and 17 losses. They fought with pride during the conference tournament and should be remembered as the Fierce Lady Lions. The sophomores finished with these stats: #1 Courtnei Bowen with a record of 273 points, 97 rebounds and 23 steals. #4 Jessica Morrison with a record of 102 point, 58 rebounds and 17 steals. #20 LaKendra Write with a record of 81 points, 60 rebounds and 19 steals. #21 Jessica Andrews with a record of 64 points, 17 rebounds and 20 steals. #23 Andrea Crawford with a record of 191 points, 86 rebounds and 38 steals. #33 Maggie Mitchell with a record of 125 points, 98 rebounds and 15 steals. #55 Courtney Scott with a record of 247 points, 133 rebounds and 14 steals.

Memories from of the Lady Lions 2008-2009 season include a tromping of Hiwassee College, defeating Gadsden during their homecoming, and knocking Faulkner and Wallace Selma College out of the conference tournament. Student assistants Tyler Bynum, who helped the Lions, and Christine Pontius, who helped the Lady Lions, were also an integral part of the season.

WSCC Student Profile... Introducing Keith Stidger Q: Where are you from? A: Guntersville, Alabama. Q: How old are you? A: I am 19 years old. Q: What is your major? A: Secondary Education - I want to be a High School Math Teacher and a football coach. Q: What kind of extracurricular activities do you participate? A: I like to play Soccer, Racquetball, Snowboarding, Tubing, playing Halo

Former Wallace State pitcher Holland promoted to Rangers Wallace State has a former player in the big leagues. Left-hander Derek Holland was summoned to the Texas Rangers last week after a rapid ascent up the Rangers farm system. Holland, who pitched for the Lions from 2006-07, was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma on Friday after making one start this season. Holland, 22, will begin his major-league career in the Rangers bullpen, but the organization ultimately envisions him being one of its front-line starters, especially since he was named the team’s Nolan Ryan Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season after going 13-1 with a 2.27 ERA in 26 starts at three different professional levels. Holland had a superb career in Hanceville. As a freshman in 2006, Holland went 8-2 with a 2.69 ERA. He struck out 80 batters and walked 32 in 77 innings. As a sophomore, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Holland went 9-2 with a 1.82 ERA in 13 starts. He recorded 84 strikeouts and issued only 11 walks in 74.1 innings. “Derek is the best big-game pitcher I’ve ever had. If we needed a big win, there was no doubt he was going to be on the mound,” said Wallace State baseball coach Randy Putman. “He’s always been a great prospect, and I knew he was going to be a big-league pitcher. “Derek is going to win a lot of

April 2009 games in the big leagues. It doesn’t matter if it’s coming out of the bullpen or when he gets that chance to start. He has four pitches that he can throw for strikes. He’s just an outstanding pitcher.” Holland, a Newark, Ohio native, was a 25th-round draft pick in 2006 by the Rangers. At the time, Holland had the draft-andfollow option at his disposal. He had his sophomore year to decide whether to accept the Rangers offer or transfer to Arizona State before the following draft occurred in 2007. He elected to hook on with the Rangers. Putman believes Holland’s journey to the majors demonstrates the high level of success that Wallace State baseball has attained during his 20-year career with the Lions. “It’s very prestigious for Wallace State. It allows the schools nationwide to see that we can produce big-league ballplayers,” Putman said. “It is great publicity for Wallace State that we have a player that has made it to the majors.” Holland joins former outfielder Terry Jones as the two major league players Putman has coached at Wallace State. Before joining in the Lions in 1990, Putman also coached Jay Bell and Travis Fryman at Tate High School in Pensacola, Fla. The No. 7 Lions traveled to Columbia (Tenn.) Tuesday to wrap up a three-game series. Wallace State (32-9, 18-6) won the opening games of the series on Saturday at home, 10-0 and 6-3.

with my awesome roommate Colton. Q: What is your favorite type of music? A: My favorite music would have to be country music and alternative rock. Q: What is your favorite TV show? A: My favorite TV shows would have to be The Office and Sports Centers. Q: Which do you prefer Facebook or MySpace? A: Facebook, duh, but I have both. Q: What is your favorite class? A: My favorite class would probably have to be my speech class with Mr. Metcalf. (I love all my other classes also.)

The Mane Issue - April 2009  

Wallace State Community College Student Newspaper

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