Archive for February, 2007

English professor shows her moves to motivate class

by Sarah Duncan

Walk into Professor Jane Wilson’s English 1010 class and behold a demonstration of Chinese exercise disciplines.

Wilson, recognized as a first, second, and third-place winner at national and international Tai Chi and Kung Fu tournaments, said she was a natural born klutz. She hopes to encourage those students claiming they are “no good” in English to learn and succeed even if they do not have a natural talent for it.

Her students usually start smiling or laughing when she tells them of her achievements. Wilson believes the most effective teachers are those who are themselves around their students.

Wilson said she became interested in Tai Chi after her son encouraged her to take a class more then 12 years ago. According to Wilson, she “loved” it after that first class and has been teaching Tai Chi for 12 years.

English student Jennifer Willis said she’s encouraged by Wilson and no longer dreads English class. “If she can do Tai Chi, you can do English,” Willis said.

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Pellissippi State’s Vice President retires

by Tyler Carr

Pellissippi State Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Jim Bruns retired last semester after serving ten and half years at Pellissippi State. Bruns said he had an “enjoyable time with the students, faculty, and the Foundations of Excellence program.”

Bruns retired Dec. 31.

Allen Edwards, president of Pellissippi State, said Bruns was a terrific leader for academic and student affairs.

Edwards appointed Anthony Wise to be the interim vice president until a new one is selected. Wise was formally the department head of Liberal Arts.

Edwards said national advertisements had been sent out and closed at the end of January. He said he will seat a committee of 12 to 15 people to find a new vice president.

“They will select who is the best fit for Pellissippi,” he said. Plans call for a selection by the fall 2007 semester.

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Modern Gandhi carries on legacy of non-violence

by Angel Moran

We need to replace our culture of violence with a culture of non-violence said Arun Gandhi at Pellissippi State’s final seminar of the Gold, Gods, and Glory; Dynamics of Power series hosted by Phi Theta Kappa . He added we are not trained to live in a non-violent society.

Gandhi, grandson of the late Mahatma Gandhi — India’s spiritual leader whose ideals and influence for world peace continue through generations today– spoke of the challenges of living in a non-violent society. He suggested ways to break the “cycle of turmoil” the world has enabled to happen.

The keys to living in a non-violent world are dealing with anger and building relationships according to Gandhi. The world often enters the relationship with an attitude of “What can I get out of this” – an attitude that can lead to conflict — rather than “What is good for everyone involved.” Gandhi added the placement of labels on one another, whether it is for religious, racial, economic or social value, builds walls, another potential for conflict.

Gandhi addressed the situation in Iraq, pointing out that separating a country on a religious basis does not work, citing Israel, Ireland, and India as examples.

He said it was time for the world to act out of compassion, not pity, and there needs to be a community effort to build relationships instead of courting conflict.

The world would be better served by sharing technology and resources to attain a better standard of living he said. He added that it is futile to secure our borders if the rest of the world is going down the drain.

Gandhi said one of the first steps towards a non violent lifestyle can be taken in the home; starting with the parents.

His grandfather once said “We have to adapt a culture of non-violence and lead by example; we have to live what we want our children to learn.

Gandhi grew up in apartheid South Africa in the 1940s, and endured constant bullying from other youths because of his Indian heritage. He said his first instinct was to fight back, but Gandhi’s parents did something that would change his outlook on life in a remarkable way. He was sent to India to live with his grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi, in 1947. It was the country’s most turbulent period as India fought for independence from British rule.

Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence became a catalyst for change in India and also influenced his grandson to carry on that message in his own life’s work. Arun Gandhi has led many successful projects for social and economic reform in India. He continues to speak at colleges throughout the country and abroad. He is the founder of the M. K. Institute for Non-Violence located in Memphis.

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007