Archive for March, 2013

New gun law affects college campuses statewide

by Justin Baranski

Pellissippi State students with carry permits will be able to bring guns onto campus in locked vehicles starting this summer.

gunPellissippi will follow all state laws in accordance with the state Board of Regents, said Fred Breiner, director of safety and security at Pellissippi. “If the weapons are to be locked in a vehicle, then they shouldn’t been seen on campus.”

Senate Bill 142, also known as the “guns-in-trunks” measure, was signed into law on March 15.  Gov. Bill Haslam signed the bill just weeks after the Tennessee Senate approved the measure by a vote of 28-5.  The bill will take effect on July 1.

The bill will allow gun-permit holders to possess a firearm in their motor vehicle, whether at places of work or college campuses.  The bill removes criminal penalties for bringing a firearm on private property without the owner’s knowledge.

There are more than 370,000 registered gun-permit holders in Tennessee.

Breiner said, “People that don’t have permits would be a bigger risk.”

He said that Pellissippi held its first “Safe Campus Conversations” in February, and future meetings will be held.  These are available at all campuses

Keep Guns Off Campus is an organization that was established in 2008 to fight gun laws that involve school grounds from elementary to college levels. But neither the University of Tennessee or Pellissippi  has joined the campaign.

Andy Pelosi, speaking for www.keepgunsoffcampus.org, said,”360 schools have signed up, and includes 129 community and junior colleges.

Fewer than 10 schools have declined, he said, and mostly because they felt their state law was tough enough.

Pellissippi State Security is present 24 hours a day ot  assist Pellissippi students.  “If you see something that isn’t right, let someone know,” Breiner said.

He also said that Pellissippi is currently studying the benefits of arming campus security guards.  However, Pellissippi State hasn’t had any major incidents in the past.

The bill was sponsored by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, and was handled by Sen. Jack Johnson, R-Franklin.

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Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Pellissippi president looks forward to master plan

by Nicole Hedger

Pellissippi State’s proposed future plans offer more than just additional educational opportunities.

President Anthony Wise said one of the things he is most looking forward to about Pellissippi’s master plan is that “not only does it focus on trying to create classroom and office space, but also space for students to gather both in the buildings and out in the courtyard.”

Wise said the main focus of the proposed new facilities is “to make sure we continue to provide the support for students in order to be successful academically and to help them achieve their goals.” Along with this goal he accented his desire to serve students by adding a series of quads and places for students to gather outside of the classroom.

The first building on the master plan will teaching labs and faculty offices to “help absorb some of the growth that has taken place over the course of the last decade,” said Wise.  With these improvements he said he desired not only  “to make the campus blend in with the community, but also make it attractive for students.”

 

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Pellissippi Foundation plans fundraisers

by Taylor Cash

Pellissippi’s upcoming fundraisers include a golf tournament and a concert.

The Arts at Pellissippi State will host a jazz and bluegrass concert in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. Admission to the performance is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted, said Peggy Wilson, executive director of the Pellissippi Foundation.

The “Swing Big for Students” golf tournament will be Tuesday, May 7 at the Egwani Farms golf course in Rockford. This is the ninth annual tournament, said Wilson, and has been very successful in providing support for the students of Pellissippi.

Registration for the tournament is $100 per person or $400 per team of four, and these fees include 18 holes of golf, golf cart, lunch and also prizes for participants.

All events and fundraisers held by Pellissippi State help provide the students with scholarships, new equipment and other items to help pave a better path for students and their educations, Wilson said.

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Pellissippi’s Got Talent! Find it at Pellapalooza

by Jovi McMichael

Pellissippi’s got talent! How do you find it?

Pellissippi’s  Pellapalooza music festival will be held March 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the quad. Coming out to emcee the event will be local radio station Hot 104.5.

Pellapalooza, an annual contest for students who wish to showcase their musical abilities, will feature an eclectic mix of “everything from rock to rap to gospel,” said Wesley Steese of Pellissippi’s Council of Student Advocates. Out of the 20 musical acts featured, only one will be awarded the $150 cash prize.

However, a number of giveaways will be available to performers and spectators alike, Steese said. Giveaway items will include dry-erase boards, tee shirts and customizable straps for sunglasses. Additionally, a caricature artist will be present for a portion of the day. Hand-dipped corn dogs, funnel cakes, sweet tea and lemonade will also be complimentary.

In the event of incleminate weather, the festival may be relocated to the auditorium.

Sunday, March 24th, 2013