Archive for November, 2010

A Holiday Spectacular

By Michael Charnley

The biggest and most anticipated Pellissippi concert is just around the corner!

A former Holiday Spectacular performance.

Bill Brewer, Pellissippi music director, said the Holiday Spectacular on Thurs. Dec. 9 will feature all of the performing student groups as well as a faculty-staff ensemble with over 30 members.

There will be two showings at 6 and 8 p.m. Brewer said, “If you go away from this show without hearing your favorite holiday song, I’ll be surprised.” This show is for everyone.

The theme of this year’s Holiday Spectacular is “Everywhere, Christmas Tonight.” Brewer stated that the concert will be very fast-paced with no dead spaces, feature over 150 performers, and hinted that the audience should expect a spectacular ending.

The Holiday Spectacular has been a tradition at Pellissippi for 12 years. Brewer says the audience became so full in previous years that it quickly became standing-room only, leading to the need for a second showing.

Even with two chances to see this event, the audience is quick to fill, so show up early! The concert, like all others, will be held in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, and admission and parking are free. Donations are accepted and will go to benefit music scholarships.

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Confucius Classroom Comes to Pellissippi

by James Williams

Chinese language and culture classes will be offered at Pellissippi starting next semester.

Dr. Allen Edwards, president of Pellissippi State, said that the college will be offering classes on Chinese language and culture as part of the Confucius Classroom project. The Chinese government will be providing books and funding to start the program.

A press release from Pellissippi’s Marketing and Communications Department said that Qiao Gui-qiang, also known as “Freeman,” will teach “Beginning Chinese I” and “Peoples and Culture of China” in the Spring 2011 semester, with “Beginning Chinese II” becoming available in the fall. Freeman will live in Knoxville and be available to speak to local groups about Chinese culture and history.

Dr. Edwards said that he hopes for more cultural exchanges with China in the future and that professors will benefit from “an ancient and robust culture like the Chinese culture,” and in turn benefit the students.

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Life after Pellissippi

by Jamie Maples

Ready to move on to the next level of success?

For students finished with their core classes and ready to graduate, the CBASE Graduation Exam will be offered Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This exit exam is offered several times a semester, but this is the final opportunity to take it before the fall semester ends.

Sally Day, Test Center Administrator, is in charge of conducting the exam. After submitting the required Intent to Graduate form to the college, students  can sign up for the exam just by registering online, as they would for a class.

The CBASE exam is free.

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Lend a Helping Hand

by Jamie Maples

Help out people in Pakistan!

The Multicultural Awareness Club has combined efforts with the Pakistan Agency in New York to create a relief effort for the flood devastated country. The club has agreed to collect and send basic supplies needed for the well-being of the country.

President Shayne Hinkle encourages students to send the following materials: twin sheet sets, one-liter bottles of water, boxes of saltine crackers, multipacks of potato chips, shelf-stable milk (Parmalat), juice box packs, bar soap, disposable cups in packs of 12, and dried fruit (preferably dried dates).

Supplies should be brought to rooms 162 and 163 of the Goins Building. Pellissippi will accept donations through December 10 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Fire Breaks Out in Parking Lot

A photo of the truck before the arrival of the Fire Department.

By Haylee Turner

On Fri. Nov. 12, sometime around 11 a.m., an F150 pick-up caught fire in the main parking lot of

The vehicle after the blaze was put out.

the Hardin Valley campus.

Pellissippi security officers blocked off the area until fire fighters arrived on the scene to put out the fire.

While the cause of the explosion is unclear, several students watched the blaze from nearby vantage points. Blake Layfield, the owner of the vehicle, said that the fire damaged 5 surrounding vehicles, 2 of which had to be towed.

“That’s what made me feel the worst,” said Layfield, “losing my own truck didn’t bother me near as much as damaging other people’s cars.”

Darren Schreiner, a student whose car was parked next to Layfield’s, commented: “[It] just burnt and melted my whole driver-side backend.” Schreiner’s vehicle, however, was in a condition to be driven off campus.

Several videos of the incident were posted to YouTube and Facebook within hours of its occurence.

Layfield, who learned of the accident through text messages from friends, is glad that the other students were “nice and understanding.”

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Upcoming Concert Exhibits Various Instruments

By Michael Charnley

Won’t you take me to Funkytown?

One of five instrumental groups in the Small Instrument Ensemble Concert will, says Larry Vincent, head of instrument ensembles at Pellissippi State. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16.  Vincent will be conducting the concert in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley campus.

As with all other concerts, admission is free and donations are welcomed. Vincent says that the Bluegrass, guitar, brass, percussion, and small instrument groups will each perform for about 15 minutes. All groups are open to students who register, with the exception of the Bluegrass ensemble, which is open by audition only. Students can earn credit by performing.

The small instruments group is like a small orchestra, says Vincent. They will be performing several songs, including “Funkytown.” The guitar ensemble will perform songs such as “Hall of the Mountain King,” “Canon in D” and “An Arrangement of Simple Gifts.” Vincent also notes that the Bluegrass ensemble will be performing “I Will Survive.”

This concert is a traditional event at Pellissippi, and all performing groups will also be taking part in this year’s upcoming Holiday Spectacular.

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Pellissippi Applies for New Campus Funding

by James Williams

Pellissippi State has applied for $8.5 million in funding to purchase a new building in east Knoxville.

Three times the size of the new Blount County campus and selling for $10 million, the former Philips North American Headquarters is located in the academically-overlooked east side of Knoxville. “If you live on the west side of Knoxville, you are twice as likely to have a college degree than…if you live on the east side…” said Doctor Allen Edwards. “And all the colleges and higher [educational] institutions have moved to west Knoxville, including Pellissippi State.”

According to Edwards, the recent opening of the Blount County campus is likely to lower Pellissippi State’s odds of receiving the funds necessary to purchase the site.

The decision regarding Pellissippi’s application will be announced Dec. 2.

Monday, November 1st, 2010