On March 14, a select group of advisors and student leaders at Lake-Sumter State College gathered to decide how $569,262 would be divvied up.
In April Lake-Sumter State College students will get their first chance to see Godspell, the LSSC Theatre Arts Society’s latest production.
Recently the Angler Staff was in New York for the annual College journalism conference.
Blue bins with pyramid-shaped tops can be found all over Lake-Sumter State College’s Leesburg campus, encouraging students to recycle their empty soda cans and bottles.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
|Blonde hair fetches some of the highest prices per inch. Selling it can be a quick fix for a big bill.|
A woman in Indiana sold 31” of her hair for $4,000. Another in Utah sold hers for the same amount, and a man in New York got $600 for 27” of his. Average prices are around $500, but exceptional hair can go for much, much higher. On buyandsellhair.com, a girl named Cheyenne from North Carolina is currently asking $5000 for 35” of light blonde locks so she can pay for college, and she’ll probably get it. A quick scan around a hair-selling website will reveal that the idea isn’t so rare or strange after all; sellers and buyers from all over the world regularly meet up to trade tresses for cash.
Almost any kind of hair over ten inches can sell, but certain types will garner higher prices. First of all, buyers like hair to be “virgin,” meaning it hasn’t been dyed, treated, blow-dried, permed, or straightened. Hair from a non-smoking environment is preferred, as are locks that haven’t been washed every day or cleaned with harsh shampoos. A healthy diet and exercise are both desirable as well, since these factors can affect hair quality. Prices also increase dramatically with length.
These are all factors that sellers can control; others are up to the genetic luck of the draw. Naturally blonde hair will fetch more than brown of the same length, and hair of European descent is worth more than the same amount of Indian or Asian hair, since selling hair is a more common practice in those places. A ponytail with a circumference of four inches or greater is more valuable, and when it comes to texture, completely straight is the rarest and thus the most expensive. All types of hair can sell for a good price, but someone with two feet or more of virgin, thick, straight, light blonde will be looking at a payout in the thousands.
Several websites specialize in this business. Hairwork.com was one of, if not the first to connect individual sellers with buyers. More sophisticated sites such as buyandsellhair.com have since been created. These sites charge various fees to host hair ads, but it is a small investment compared to the reward. Ebay and Craigslist offer free ads if the seller doesn’t mind that prices there are usually lower and fewer responses come in than from a dedicated website. Hair-selling websites also bring the benefit of providing information about common scams to avoid and tips for writing a successful advertisement.
Sellers are advised to keep an open mind. While many buyers will purchase a ponytail to use for wigs, extensions, doll hair, or art, others may have more radical requests. Some will pay to have the seller model a certain haircut. Others will ask to cut the hair themselves, or to give the seller a makeover. Sellers will have to decide what they are comfortable with, and at what price.
|The longer the better in this business. The author's hair had multiple offers for $1,700.|
For $1,700 plus the cost of travel and lodging and three complimentary wigs, the hairdressers at magic-makeover will have the freedom to give me any number and style of cuts that they please, ending with a bald head. That kind of money will pay for quite a bit of college, and it’s not like selling a kidney on the black market: selling hair is generally safe, and it will grow back.
There are a few scams out there that potential sellers need to be aware of. Generally, only PayPal should be used for transactions, and hair should only be cut and sent after full payment is confirmed as received. One scam involves buyers sending a fake check or money orders for more than they offered and then requesting the extra portion back. Another involves getting sellers to send their hair while a PayPal transaction is pending, before the payment is rejected as a fake credit card.
Most serious sellers will ask for additional pictures of the hair they want to buy, but some will ask for an inordinate amount simply so they can have the photos. Sellers should also be wary of snipping off hair samples, as it can invalidate legitimate offers and reduce the hair’s worth.
Selling one’s hair for money may seem radical at first, but it can be a good way to pay for classes, bills, or a fun vacation. Besides, summer is coming. A cooler hairstyle and a few hundred bucks could go hand in hand.
|group studying is a great way to help figure out what it is|
that you as a student need help with.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
|Students and faculty lined up for a luau feast provided by the SGA.|
The Angler and SGA teamed up to offer the biggest and largest event, combining an Easter egg hunt with a Hawaiian-themed luau. Other groups were represented as well. The Society for the Advancement of Management had a table set up, as well as students raising funds for the Students Helping Students scholarship.
|SGA president Matt Guy gracefully demonstrates his limbo skills.|
The Aloha Summer Luau event was by far the largest of the day. SGA members served shish kabobs, rice, smoothies, and pineapple upside-down cake along with giveaways like flower hair-clips and sunglasses. Across from them, a DJ played music and directed games. First up was a hula hoop contest to get students moving, followed musical chairs, limbo, and other competitions. One of these, a musical scavenger hunt, involved participants dashing out into the crowd to collect whatever item the DJ requested. Crowd members gave up purses, driver’s licenses, and belts (which then had to be replaced by the players) as needed.
|One challenge from the musical scavenger hunt was to help owners put their stolen belts back on.|
|Grayson Allen and Marissa Bjorkland (back) study during the YODAA Scream Day event.|
Photos: Mark Valentino
|Each honoree received a lapel pin and a medal for their exemplary|
work this semester.
Students from each club who made a difference in student life were recognized for their hard work and devotion to making the experience at LSSC a better one for current students and future as well. Heather Elmatti presented the angler staff with their medals and pins. Mrs. Lackey presented the SGA awards for the Leesburg Campus; while Mrs. Karp awarded both college diplomats and SGA awards for the South Lake Campus. “I can't believe that I am crying," remarked Sherikey Mobley after receiving her medallion and pin for an outstanding job as one of the main college diplomats at South Lake.
The ceremony was finalized with the awards of the student life awards who were presented to Jeremy Van Cise and Wesley Blake at the end of the ceremony. Each student was presented with a special plaque and a monetary award as well. When Jeremy Van Cise was awarded the student life award for Leesburg campus the crowd erupted into a standing ovation and cheers for all the hard work that Jeremy has put into everything that he has done over the years.
|Patrick Endicott: The hardest working student in LSSC|
Monday, April 21, 2014
Photo By: Kevin Trinidad
|Lake-Sumter South Lake Campus|
The Ambassador Program is currently seeking applications for the fall of 2014; the deadline to apply is July 16. Students contemplating applying must have a 3.0 GPA, and LSSC Development Manager, Erin O’Steen-Lewin, insist that “Students are encouraged to apply only if they believe the program and service commitment will enhance their educational goals without hindering academic progress.”
A $600 pay per semester and $700 scholarship per term are financial benefits the Ambassador Program institutes, but the paramount of information that will be obtained in the field of leadership and organization is integral. O’Steen-Lewin accredits the position of Ambassador as opening many doors for students, “Being a student ambassador allows students to meet influential people in the community, including business owners and potential employers.” The Ambassador Program can also bring along opportunities to be awarded scholarships.
Some of the duties that being an Ambassador entails are leading the Lake-Sumter campus tour, ushering at Performing Art Series functions, representing Lake-Sumter in outreach capabilities, assisting with receptions, attending student leadership workshops; but most importantly, representing Lake-Sumter in the best manner and being a role model for current and future students.
For more information, call Erin O’Steen-Lewin at 352-365-3506 or e-mail email@example.com. As students, the act of procrastination happens naturally; the application can be found at http://lssc.edu/students/Documents/StudentForms/AmbassadorApplication.pdf, and getting it turned in as early as possible is beneficial.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Student could use some extra cash when going to college. Why spend your paycheck on books and tuition or paying back student loans; when you can receive scholarships to pay for all or most of it. Here are five ways to find/ apply for scholarships:
First way to locate scholarships is to go to the LSSC website. Hover your mouse over the student tab at the top of the page and click on scholarships under future students. When you get to the scholarship page it has a link for financial aid and for the foundation website. The foundation website link takes you the scholarship webpage and at the top it tells you the deadlines to have the application in by. You need to apply online and contact Claudia Morris at MorrisC@lssc.edu or you can call her at her office number 352-365-3539.
The financial aid office is also a huge resource for different type of scholarships. You can go to the financial aid office located in the front of the student services building. When you walk in the financial aid office there is a wall in the back of the office and each cubby is labeled with names of different scholarships. They have scholarships based on cultural background, financial status, first generation college student, and many more. If you need help with choosing which scholarship best suits you, you can ask a 22financial aid specialist .
Academic Advisors are also great resources for scholarships. “Based on what career you are thinking about going into they can point you in the direction of scholarships that fit your needs”, says McKinzy Mask. Make an appointment with an advisor and then ask how they can point you in the direction of possible scholarships.
Last way you can find scholarships are googling scholarships. The first one that pops up is FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Most colleges want you to file for this grant. It is commonly called the Pell Grant because you do not have to pay any of the monies back. This is like a scholarship which you also do not have to pay back unless there are circumstances listed in the contract. FAFSA award money gets paid to you through your Lois account. Lake Sumter takes out tuition cost and books if you choose to get your books form the Bookstore. The rest of the money gets put on a Florida Pre-paid credit card for you to use for whatever you need to use it for. For example it will pay your bills, get you a new computer, and dinner. To apply for this scholarship go to fafsa.ed.gov.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
|Photo courtesy of Internal Revenue Service|
Photo By:Jesus Hernandez, Media Editor
Before signing up for classes, students can browse through the college handbook, which lists every class available. Classes are under each major, they may be required for, along with credits and information about that major. Students can go ahead and sign up for classes according to their major but it is always advised to stop by advising and speak with an advisor on campus about mandatory classes and the exact route that is best for that particular student. Depending on if or where the student may be transferring in the future, they could be authorized to take particular classes to meet the university’s requirements. Another way to browse classes are through the express registration on the college website. This feature can be located under “Class Schedule” from the homepage. This is where the student can look for classes under any subject or even instructor. Once the student enters in either a subject or instructor to browse, they will see various classes open that meet the requirements entered. This will display available classes including their times, credits, and costs.
Most colleges have on campus part time and full time job opportunities. Students must meet all requirements, which could include a degree. Some positions include director admissions, computer technician, and learning center tutors. There are also work study positions available to offer jobs to students who need to earn funds to help pay for their educational expenses. To provide a work experience which will enhance the student’s educational and/or occupational goals, and provides additional services which would otherwise not exist for LSSC and for participating public or private non-profit organizations . As well as on campus work-study, there are Federal Work Study Community Service Learning opportunities for students. The student can do work that benefits the community and residents. Hiring events are held on campus for students currently seeking employment in the Health, Education, Public and Human Services fields. Some tips to prepare for the event include creating a professional resume that emphasizes your skills and practice good interviewing skills because the event is part of the interview, make a good impression.
Even though stress is inevitable for college students stress reducers like help choosing classes, professors, finding important deadlines, discovering on campus employment opportunities, and knowing the cheap entertainment nearby can help students so they can focus on what really matters to succeed. College campuses are there for the students’ benefit so I highly recommend when walking down the hallways of campus, looking around at the billboard posts and flyers containing information on all sorts of information for students to keep updated. The greatest way for students to be aware of these simple but important top five tips is to encourage your fellow students to check them out.
Monday, April 14, 2014
With the prices of college tuition, it may be difficult for students to afford the rising prices of tuition each year to attend community, state or university colleges. At Lake-Sumter State College, the cost of tuition depends on factors such as whether or not the student is a Florida resident, the student is pursuing a Certificate and Associate (AA, AS and AAS) degree program, or if the student is earning a Baccalaureate (BAS) degree.
Photos by: Katie McKay
|Godspell actors sing and dance during the curtain call, also considered to be the resurrection of Jesus.|
Written in 1971 by John-Michael Tebelak, this play was designed to tell the gospel in what was then the modern day, and to recount it with joy. It has been performed both on and off Broadway and around the world, and was made into a movie in 1973. Since it deals with the story of Christ, it is a fitting play for the Easter season and is loved by church groups especially.
Lake-Sumter State College’s Theatre Arts Society decided to put their own spin on the show after seeing how cost-effective the set was, despite having to pay royalties. It is also a favorite of director Gary Rogers, who performed in the play at the beginning of his career. They couldn’t have planned it for a better time, with Easter only a little over a week away.
The actors really came into their own with the Godspell music. Ethan Earls had the first solo as John the Baptist, and carried the rolling melody of Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord with aplomb even as he walked down the auditorium steps. Stephens had solos throughout the show that allowed him to show off his enchanting tenor voice, called surprisingly good by some of the LSSC students who had seen the show. Haley Murk presented another notable solo, performing Turn Back, O Man with rich tone and style. Monica Lamud, Murk, and Stephens also made for a close-knit trio in By My Side. Lamud gave the song a personal, intimate feel, and drew the audience in closer because of it.
|Chris Stephens plays the part of Jesus in the crucifixion scene.|
Performing beside the actors for the entire show was the ensemble, which consisted of a piano, drum set, and an electric, acoustic and bass guitar all conducted by David DeHoog. They accompanied the play perfectly and added a special element to it with their talent. DeHoog even had a solo in the play, singing duet at times with Gray. The talent for the ensemble was gathered from varying places. The electric guitar player David Rowe, for instance, learned to play from YouTube videos, and actually wrote his own solos for the performance.
The play as a whole was carried out in a reverent way. While they actors did lend their enthusiasm and dramatic touch to the gospel, the Biblical message was never taken lightly or derided. “I believe [Godspell] was written with respect for the material it was based upon. And each time I have performed in it or have seen it presented, I believe that same respect is evident in the staging and acting as well,” Rogers notes in the program. At the performance he said, “I haven’t heard any complaints.”
|Sarah Gray and ensemble director David DeHoog perform On the Willows together.|
Stephens had no such problem while playing Jesus. He was approached after the show by audience members who had noticed his tattoos of an Ichthus and the star of David and wondered if they were temporarily applied for the show. He assured everyone that they were real and said, “I love Jesus in real life, so it works out for the show.”
Jakob Preston added, “I thoroughly enjoyed every single message that was in this play.” He said the best possible outcome would be for members of the audience to walk away with something good from Godspell. Haley Murk explained that while she isn’t a religious person and originally had reserves about the theme, she soon enjoyed her part in the production, saying, “I can rock out to this; this is cool.”
|Michael Griswold enthusiastically leads the cast in We Beseech Thee.|
Noticeably lacking in the crowd were LSSC students, save for a few who came for extra credit. Director Rogers acknowledged that it is difficult for students to attend during normal play hours. Several matinee times were offered, but the majority of the audience was still made up of outside community members and parents.
Overall, Godspell was an uplifting experience that packed a powerful message. Both actors and audience alike were happy to share their favorite bits. Several patrons noted that they loved the personality of the characters, and how they were all individuals. Henderson cited the sheep and goats scene as the best, and others commented on the show’s fun atmosphere.
|Chris Stephens sings Save the People while showing off his ironically appropriate tattoo of the star of David.|
Various audience members – some of whom had just visited LSSC campus for the first time – affirmed that they would be back for future productions. This, if nothing else, can be counted as a mark of success for LSSC’s Theatre Arts Society. Godspell has left a lasting impression, and it’s a good one.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Photos By: Kevin Trinidad
|Hunter Blaise and Jessica Lord enjoying the sand.|
Being that March is Kite Month, the SGA were aware and a newsletter was sent to LSSC students advising them to “Watch out for our upcoming kite event!” Ultimately the kite event was incorporated into the Beach BBQ, and it was as suiting as the sun that shown down, making it feel like real beach weather.
|Rebecca Nour and Brandon flying kites.|
With a Southern twist on the classic ice-cream sundae, the ones at the Beach BBQ consisted of a clear cup filled with: pulled pork, baked beans, mashed potatoes, BBQ sauce, and a tiny tomato. If it weren’t for the distinct size variations and inconsistent texture from what is usually put on a sundae, the Pork Sundae’s would have easily been perceived as ice-cream. The BBQ sauce was reminiscent of chocolate syrup, as was the tiny tomato to a cherry. Also for consumption was a bake sale, in which the proceeds benefited the Students Helping Students Scholarship.
|Students expressing their creativity and creating sand art.|
Students were also able to take pictures with a surfboard backdrop and a floor covering that gives the illusion of sand; hula-hoop as much as much as one can desire; fill fish-shaped key chains and pirate bottles with sand of various colors, creating what is known as sand art. A mountain bike was auctioned off to a lucky winner.
Returning student, Joanne Millendez, graduated from Valencia Community College, and is back to Lake Sumter to further her education in nursing. Millendez recalls what her first impression on Lake-Sumter was, “It has really grown a lot. I initially did not want to come here after I graduated from East Ridge High School in 09’, but now it seems and looks like a real college.”
|Heather Luis hula-hooping.|