Low Attendance at SRC

by Reggie Wilson

Where can you find a workout facility with all the amenities and an array of classes that range from karate to zumba for free?

The Pellissippi State Student Recreation Center is where.

Atop a hill on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley campus, stands Pellissippi’s Student Recreation Center.  Students that frequent the recreation center are unsure why more of their classmates do not visit the SRC. “We see the same faces everyday,” said an anonymous student at the SRC.

According to Sean Green, recreation center manager, “Students who do not take advantage of Pellissippi’s SRC resources are missing out on great opportunities to get fit and to meet new people.” Green believes the SRC’s poor student attendance can be attributed to a lack of student knowledge of the facility and little advertising. “We need to promote the facilities better,” said Green.  Green also added, “The facilities could also use an upgrade.”

With the retirement of former SRC director Dan Jones, Green and the SRC staff await the arrival of Jones’ replacement Philip Ems. Staff member Roy Wayne says he is looking forward to meeting Ems.  “I looked him up online, he used to be a punter for Ball State,” said Wayne.

Ems is scheduled to assume his position as SRC director in the coming weeks, just in time for the intramural basketball tournament finale.  Green says his pick to win the tournament is his team, Team Elite.


Friday, April 15th, 2011

Students name “Teacher of the Year”

By Brandon Lane

Professor Edward Francisco received the “Teacher of the Year” award on April 5, during a ceremony at the Goins Auditorium.

Francisco, a professor of English and writer in residence at Pellissippi, said he was “honored and humbled,” by the accolade.

The award was presented by the Council of Student Advocates. Students first nominated teachers they thought deserved the title, then voted to determine the recipient.

“It means a great deal more to me to have been selected by students,” said Fransisco.

Francisco currently teaches a variety of creative writing courses at Pellissippi, including Introduction to Creative Writing and Screenwriting. He will be offering a new course to students this fall entitled Introduction to Shakespeare.

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Milk Glass Moon is old Oak Ridge remembered

by Rebekkah Pullen

Rebecca Carroll, instructor of English at Pellissippi, has published a book entitled “Milk Glass Moon.”

“Milk Glass Moon” is a historical novel set in Oak Ridge just prior to the Manhattan Project.

“It chronicles one family’s experiences in the summer of 1942 when they learn of the takeover of their home and farm,” said Carroll. “Much of the story centers around the father’s desperate efforts to find a new home and make the move.”

The book also depicts other struggles the family endures.

“There is a murder; and turmoil ensues from there,” she said. “People can relate to the book and the characters because this is part of our history. Many older people will recognize some of the things in the book.”

Carroll said she grew up listening to her father talking about having to move out of Oak Ridge for the Manhattan Project. She said that it fascinated her.

In order for Carroll to write this book she went to relatives.  She was able to obtain a large amount of insight due to the willingness of people to share their stories.

“My favorite part in the writing was using the notes I had gathered from my research and interviews and turning it into a readable story,” said Carroll.

“When I get an idea for a story, I work out most of the plot in my head before I type anything,” she said.

Carroll’s short stories have been published in several literary magazines. She said she chose to make this a novel because “it was too long of a story for a short story.”

Although this is Carroll’s first published book, she doesn’t intend it to be her last. She is working on two more books.

“One is about an outstanding man, a married pillar of the community who falls in love with a young girl,” she said. “The relationship ruins his life. The other is about a girl who is sent away from home suddenly. She gets off the train at the wrong stop and assumes the identity of another person, wreaking havoc upon the small town.”

Saturday, April 25th, 2009