New building being planned for Pellissippi’s Hardin Valley Campus

By Peyton Jollay

Pellissippi is planning a new building for its Hardin Valley Campus.

“We have just found out that we have a project on the TBR (Tennessee Board of Regents) capital project list for $27.2 million on this campus,” said College President Dr. Anthony Wise.

To meet completion costs, the college must raise 10 percent of the funds through the Pellissippi State Community College Foundation.

The Foundation is a college affiliated organization which aids in raising funds for capital projects such as buildings and equipment, as well as providing scholarship opportunities for students.

“Hopefully that project will begin moving in the next year or so, and we will have a new building three or four years down the road,” said Wise.

The primary purpose of the new building will be to house updated science labs for the campus. Existing science labs in the Lamar Alexander Arts and Sciences Building will be removed and replaced in an effort to consolidate all of the arts disciplines on campus into a single building.

Wise stated that the project is the first in a list of possible renovation projects which are to be slated at a later date.

Wise indicated that the college seeks to modernize the Pellissippi State Technical Library to better meet the needs of the 21st century student. He also indicated the possibility of building an animation design studio and a sound design studio in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art.

October 13th, 2016, posted by Peyton Jollay

Pellissippi Carry Laws: Should we have them?

By Thomas Ferrell

Despite the passing of the handgun carry law, Pellissippi President Dr. Anthony Wise and Professor David Vinson express clear concerns with the law.

Vinson described the situation as a slippery slope, with the Tennessee government now lobbying for college students to be able to carry handguns to school as well.”  Dr. Wise added that it would create a redundancy for the police department, and caused unneeded friction between student and teacher.”

The main concern students have expressed is that the presence of more weapons opens more opportunity for violence.  Vinson expressed the limitation such measures created for teachers.  “I don’t want to be arguing with a student over his grade knowing there is a gun in his or her backpack,” he said.

The ability for teachers to carry would also allegedly complicate the police’s ability to respond to a hostile situation.

With more targets, the shooter is guaranteed the upper hand, with defending teachers are likely to hit and injure an innocent student or staff member with a stray bullet.

Also, once police do intervene, the police would have a hard time telling friend from foe.  With these kind of complications, the majority of Pellissippi felt uneasy about this law.

To make matters more complicated, it is illegal to ask or disclose who is carrying a concealed weapon and who is not.

October 13th, 2016, posted by Thomas Ferrell

Andrew Jackson is coming to a theatre near you

By Olivia Eddy

A satirical rock musical based on Andrew Jackson will be playing at Pellissippi’s Clayton Performing Arts Center.

This year’s presentation of Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson is the Theater Department’s latest production. A comedic, historical rock musical about the founding of the Democratic Party, Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson was chosen specifically because it pairs so well the upcoming presidential election.

Professor Charles Miller, Director of Theatre for Pellissippi State Community College, is producing this year’s show. Professor Miller has played a crucial role in the school’s theatre department for over 20 years and has helped build it from the ground up.

While the department has grown and flourished under his guidance, it is currently suffering from growing pains. What began with one show every few of years has grown to three shows every year. The Clayton Performing Arts Center can barely contain the immense talent that the theater department presents every year.

In planning for this year’s show, Professor Miller and the Theatre Department were approached by Gretchen Wegner, Acting Professor at Pellissippi State. She explained that the theme of Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson and the current events in our country made it an obvious and timely choice and that it will not only be entertaining, but informative to a younger audience.

As far as Theatre Departments go, Professor Miller says that Pellissippi State’s is by far, “The best 2-year Theatre Department, and Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson is not a show to be missed.” Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson opens October 28th and runs through November 6th at the Clayton Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for students, faculty and seniors, and $14 for adults.

October 13th, 2016, posted by Olivia Eddy

Campus security at Pellissippi is here to help

By. Grace Whitaker

Pellissippi State’s campus security is prepared to help students and staff in any way possible.

“Our overall concern is for the safety of all those who are on our Pellissippi State campuses,” said Terry Crowe, deputy chief of police for Pellissippi. “This means that our officers and staff are looking at everything from obstructions on the walkways to successful investigations of incidents reported to our department.“

The most common crime on campuses is theft. Security encourages people to avoid leaving personal items unattended.

Police officers and campus security work together to ensure safety for everyone on campus. This is done by filing reports, as well as having scheduled emergency drills.

Security also encourages people to watch for suspicious behavior. Crowe said, “We encourage everyone that if they ‘see something’ then we would like them to ‘say something.’”

The “Text a Tip” program enables people to send anonymous information to security. Type “pstcctips” into the text, then send the information to 67283.

Students should feel free to approach any officer should he or she need assistance, or to simply get to know the officer.

Security also gives directions, unlocks vehicles, and jump-starts engines regularly.

The campus police phone number is (865) 694-6646.

October 13th, 2016, posted by Grace Whitaker

Free food pantry at Pellissippi

by Adolfo Felix

Did you know that free food is available to students at all Pellissippi campuses?

Cereals, combo meals, snacks and personal items like deodorant are free at the Pellissippi food pantry.

Students must fill out an application before receiving items from the food pantry. Program director Annie Gray says students can pick up food every two weeks.

A survey of Pellissippi students showed that if a free or reduced program existed, then 60.3 percent of all Pellissippi students would qualify. When observing such data, President Anthony Wise made the food pantry a priority of Pellissippi.

The Pellissippi Pantry is ran by one of the college’s AmeriCorps Vista volunteers and a program director.

The food pantry is entirely funded by donations. Pellissippi is an official member agency of the Second Harvest.

The food pantry tries its best to honor requests, but are solely dependent on what is in the Second Harvest warehouse.

On the Hardin Valley Campus, the food pantry is Room MC155, which can be located on the first floor near the elevator of the McWherter building.

October 13th, 2016, posted by adolfofelix

Upcoming Archery Tournament at Pellissippi

by Nathan Scott

Pellissippi will be hosting an archery tournament from Oct. 13 through Oct. 20. It will start at 3 pm Thursday, Oct. 13.

It will run every day that week from 3 pm until it ends for that day. The final day of the tournament is Thursday, Oct. 20, when it will end at 5 p.m.

You can register by emailing or by signing up in person at the Student Recreation Center. As long as you are a student, it is completely free.

No previous archery classes or formal experience is required, but you do need to know the basics of archery in advance. Once you have entered, meet in the Student Recreation Center at 3 p.m. on Thursday to start.

October 13th, 2016, posted by Nathan Scott

Pellissippi professor inspires students with golfing

by Caleb Souders

A teacher at Pellissippi State has inspired students and her own daughter through golf and other activities at schools throughout the country.

Cathy Clay, a professor at Pellissippi State, attended college in Virginia, and graduated at 22 with her master’s degree in psychology. She said, “My favorite courses were skill analysis, and motor learning. Golf mixed perfectly with my love for those, because it is a sport with lots of motor skill memorization.” She has taught several pro golf players but can not remember the names of them. Cathy emphasized on one particular point saying, “Golf is a sport that you have to start playing at age 12 if you would like to make it a career, otherwise you have no shot.”

Professor Clay also has a daughter that was an all conference golf player at Tennessee Tech University. Cathy taught her daughter growing up how to develop her swing, and also added, “She exceeded what I could teach her anymore, I had to find her a pro to work with, because her swing was really starting to develop into something special.”

Oddly enough, Cathy’s daughter’s first golf instructor was somebody that Cathy attended school with. Cathy told me, “He was a pro. We had motor learning and psychology classes together in school. I knew he would be the perfect teacher.” And he was the perfect teacher, as Cathy’s daughter won the Ohio Valley Conference championship while in her golf tenure at Tennessee Tech University.

Cathy has been teaching at Pellissippi State since 1993, and has inspired many students to take up golf as a hobby beyond her teaching. When I asked Cathy what her favorite thing about teaching golf and how long she plans on continuing to teach, she responded, “I enjoy teaching golf because I love seeing students improve and getting hooked on the game. It is very exciting to see their light bulb finally come on, so I plan to continue to teach golf even after I retire.”

October 13th, 2016, posted by Caleb Souders

Creative Writer’s Workshop held at Strawberry Plains Campus

By Hannah Weaver

The Third Annual Young Creative Writer’s Workshop was held Saturday for area high school students, on the Strawberry Plains campus of Pellissippi State.

The workshop was directed by Patricia Ireland, a professor at the Strawberry Plains campus, and helped arranged by the Strawberry Plains Creative Writing Club. Ireland’s goal for the workshop was to motivate, inspire and encourage the young writers to use the techniques they learned to reach their fullest potential and to pursue their dreams.

Ireland states, “The 2016 Young Creative Writers’ Workshop event, sponsored by the Tennessee Arts Commission, was a wonderful success. While this is the third time we have put on the event, this year’s workshop was, by far, the most exciting and engaging of all our efforts.”

Aerin Rhodes, a junior at Catholic High School and who has attended the past workshops stated,  “The workshop really helps young writers improve, branch out and learn to express their ideas with others who are like-minded, which is why I keep coming back!”

As the students arrived to check in, they were greeted with morning refreshments and asked to pick two of three genres they were most interested in: fiction, screenplay writing, and songwriting and poetry. Throughout the day, the students attended workshops for the two genres they were interested in to learn more.

The attendees were served Papa John’s pizza for lunch, while the band, Hardin Valley Thunder, performed. When the workshops concluded, parents and instructors were invited to the afternoon showcase to hear the student’s original work.

October 13th, 2016, posted by hpweaver

myPellissippi will be more phone and tablet friendly in the future

By Artamus Cameron

The new version of myPellissippi will be much more phone and tablet friendly than it has been in the past.

Audrey Williams, Vice President of Information Services, said that this new version will be “more mobile device friendly.” Williams went on to say that this upgrade will “simplify” the site and allow the site to be more “task-driven.”

The upgrade to the new version will “trim out the extra things,” said Williams, which will make the site easier to navigate.

The basic upgrade to Luminis 5.3 from Luminis 5.2 took place on Oct 12-14. Luminis 5.2 will no longer be supported by the company at the end of the year.

October 13th, 2016, posted by aacameron

Because you asked

by Natalie Whitaker

“Why is Pellissippi home to so many geese?”

Pellissippi State Hardin Valley has become the home for a population of geese.

Anyone that has recently driven through Pellissippi’s campus has most likely spotted our most prominent fixture, the Canadian Geese around the pond. They’re hard to miss, especially with the enormous amount of waste they drop in the parking lot.

These geese raise the question:  why do we have so many and why are they here?

Linda Smith-Staton, a biology professor at Pellissippi, answered these questions very simply, stating that Pellissippi “is a good habitat for them.” The campus is very sustainable for the geese due to the presence of water and land, unlike what you would find on other college campuses.

The geese feed off things like grass shoots and aquatic vegetation, both of which Pellissippi provides. Predators like raccoons, skunks, and foxes will feed on their eggs, but “these predators are scarce or non-exsistent at Pellissippi” said Smith-Staton.

It is unknown why the geese decided to call this campus their home, but we can assume they landed here after flying south from their native Canada. These geese are a protected species, meaning under law, no one can hunt, purchase, or sell these birds.

Since these new residents have become accustomed to being around many people, college students and visitors alike shouldn’t plan on them moving out anytime soon.

October 13th, 2016, posted by Natalie Whitaker