|Photo courtesy of Internal Revenue Service|
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.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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.|
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Photos By: Mark Valentino
With all the politics centered around guns and the possibility of concealed firearms on campus becoming a serious consideration, the idea is currently being debated in the state legislature, it seems that the law would allow students who are former or current military or law enforcement would be allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus,with proper training and approval by the administration. While the politicians debate the merits of the gun debate, the student body has many varied opinions of whether or not guns should be allowed on campus.
|" Its a question of liberty, If you |
want to carry it is your choice."
said Lauren Hawkins
While quite a few students have feelings along the same lines, some think that more guns on campus is not the best way to go. " I don't think that its a good idea, I mean with Ft. Hood happening again by a service member, I mean how can we distinguish who should carry and who should not. While most students are in favor of the proposed law, an overwhelming majority of the students interviewed would concede that a mental health screening should be included in the purchase of a firearm.
While most students support the legislation ,a large majority of staff and the administration are mostly opposed to the it.
|Matt Guy feels very strongly on the issue,|
" A gun is a tool, just like any tool it can
used for good or bad"
"I think that the security guards should be armed on the campus, I don't know how I feel about the military aspect explained one student who asked to remain anonymous. "I think that the security guards are already here and their job is to protect and monitor the campus. I think that it would be a good idea to arm them on campus not the students, We do not need vigilantes." he went on to explain.
With feelings running so high, and opinions so strong, this bill has generated a new spark to ignite the gun debate on school campuses across the state. Some of the concerns that students have include the fact that less than a week ago there was another mass shooting at Ft. Hood in Texas. That attack was the direct result of a mentally unstable soldier killing other service men over an argument. One of the people killed was a native to Mullberry Florida and was an active duty soldier. The shooter purchased the firearm legally at the same store that another soldier bought a firearm and ammunition and proceeded to go on a shooting rampage less than five years ago. When someone who is mentally unstable has access to a firearm it normally ends in tragedy.
"I don't think guns belong on campus" explained one professor who asked to remain anonymous.
With all the major implications and the effects that this bill could have on our campus and state, it is certain there will be many more heated debates state wide before this conversation is finished. If you the reader want to know exactly what is in the bill go to http://www.myfloridahouse.gov and look for the bills 753, and bill 968.
Photos by: Katie McKay
|The fair sprawls out across the Lake County Fairgrounds for just a few more days.|
Saturday the 12th will mark the end of the Lake County fair this year. For one more weekend, residents can enjoy wild rides, Midway games, 4-H competitions, and all varieties of food at the intersection of county road 44 and county road 452. The gates open at 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, and close every day at 10 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-11, and free for kids five and under.
The fair has offered various specials throughout their ten-day run, including two-for-one deals, dollar days, and armbands that allow participants to ride unlimited rides. April 10 is armband night. These can be purchased at numerous places, including Walgreens, for $18 and allow fairgoers to skip the hassle of buying ride tickets, which can add up to great amounts. The next deal day is the last. On the 12th, seniors get $2 off at the gate and armbands can be purchased for $20.
|Armbands purchased before the fair can save patrons money on rides like the swing tower.|
Each day also features free stage shows, like the Neon Truckers this Thursday and Friday and the talent show on Saturday. There are numerous daily attractions like the One Man Band, Ultimate Air dogs, Our Rural Heritage, a fire fighter show and a traveling robot named Oscar that roams the grounds.
Throughout the fair, 4-H participants have been showing their pigs, cows, goats, rabbits and poultry while other have been competing in areas such as horticulture, baking, photography, pageantry and hay bale decorating. Fair patrons can wander through and admire the entries to these contests.
The Lake County Fair now averages 80,000 visitors per year, but it started as a small event in 1921 called the Florida Sportsmen’s Exposition. On their website, the fair’s manager Happy Norris says, “Still today it is the responsibility of the County Fair to promote agriculture, educate and entertain its patrons.”
|Lake-Sumter State College student Erin McKay enjoys a bungee-jumping attraction at the fair.|
Present-day entertainment involves a lot more than it did in 1921. Attractions now include a haunted house, endless games from North American Midway, a kiddy roller coaster, a swing tower, and all manner of gut-wrenching, sling-you-through-the-air rides. Food vendors are set up on each corner selling everything from spaghetti to fried pickles and all that falls in between.
The Lake County Fair is just one of 51 that occur in Florida. Five of them were actually taking place this week in various locations, including the Suwannee County Fair and the Hernando County Fair. For those who want to mark their calendars for next year, the Lake County Fair always runs for ten days beginning on the first Thursday in April.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Photo by: Jesus Hernandez, Media Editor
On Tuesday will be Theater Day; where teams will have to act out a skit from three plays that are spontaneously given to each team. They will be judged on many different aspects of each performance. Scenes will be selected from both plays and movies. Also refreshments that consist of soda and popcorn will be available for students to partake in. On Wednesday the teams will compete in Race Day. There are three races; The Wheelbarrow Race, A Track Race,a Kayak race.
Finally on Thursday will be the Celebration bash where there will be a catered lunch by Sonny's BBQ. There will be fun and refreshments as well and also the announcement of the winning team.
Any students who are interested in checking out what the Decathlon is all about should stop by the Quad starting at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, the first event starts at 11:00 a.m. There are still a few spots for students who want to sign up. Sign up sheet is in the Student Center on the Leesburg Campus.
Photo By: Kevin Trinidad
|Akram Latib signing it at the Financial Aid office.|
Even after high school, FAFSA calls for a renewal every year, which is toward the end of the Spring Semester. The Deadline for the state of Florida is May 15. FAFSA is utilized at a tool to award grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.
Every Friday up until April 25, the South Lake and Leesburg Financial Aid offices will be offering assistance and guidance to students seeking help with FAFSA. The service is by appointment only, thus calling ahead would be beneficial; for Leesburg call 352-365-3567 and for South Lake call 352-536-2157.
In order to make the service efficient and decrease the time, students should set their Federal Student Aid Personal Identification Number at www.pin.ed.gov prior to arriving. Along with having a PIN, student are required to bring: 1) 2013 tax information, 2) Social Security Card, 3) Driver’s License, 4) Alien Registration Card (eligible non-citizens), 5) your parents information for numbers 1, 2, & 3 (only required for dependent students), and your FAFSA PIN number.
The times available for appointments are 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3 P.M. On the Leesburg campus, the Financial Aid office can be found in the Student Services Building; while at South Lake, it can be found in Building 1 near the administrative offices.
Akram Latib, a student at LSSC, is definitely going to take advantage of this counseling, “I had trouble filling [FAFSA] out in high school, but with the help of these financial advisors I’m sure everything will go smoothly.” Though this is Latib’s first time speaking to an advisor, he is sure to come back, “I did not think speaking to one was important, but with all the help they offer, I will visit them any time I have a question or need help with school related stuff.”
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
|The Earth's shadow will cover the full moon on the night of the 14th this month|
The lunar eclipse will take about five and half hours from start to finish, but totality – where the moon is completely covered – lasts only an hour and half. These eclipses occur when Earth is positioned exactly between the sun and moon. In that hour and a half window, the moon will appear blood red due to light from the sun being bent around Earth by our atmosphere, giving it an eerie look that has been occasionally said to signal the end times and judgment day. Before and after the eclipse most stars around the moon will be hidden by its light, but during totality these stars will reappear brightly in the dark sky.
Lunar eclipses are visible to everyone on the night side of the earth, unlike solar eclipses, which are only visible in select places where the moon’s shadow crosses the ground. To witness this event in its entirety, observers can start watching at 1 a.m. on April 15. Those who just want to see totality can set their alarms for 3 a.m.
From April 16–25, observers have a chance of seeing bright streaks of light in the sky from the Lyrid meteor shower. The peak time to view them will be on the night of April 22 and the following morning, when 15-20 meteors are expected to cross the heavens each hour.
Random meteors can be seen on any given night of the year, but meteor showers occur when Earth’s orbit passes through a trail of dust left by a comet. Bits of rock from the comet’s passing hit earth’s atmosphere like bugs on a cosmic windshield and burn up, leaving glowing streaks of various sizes and intensities across the sky. Meteor showers are yearly occurrences; this one is called the Lyrids because the meteors appear to streak outward from the constellation Lyra. Though they will seem to originate from a certain point, the meteors can be seen in any part of the sky.
In addition to these events, several planets will be visible to the naked eye throughout the month. Jupiter will appear to be a bright star in the constellation Gemini, located to the west as night falls. At the same time in the east, Mars will look like a red star. This planet reaches opposition on April 8, meaning that it will be directly overhead at midnight and slightly brighter and closer than usual. Saturn currently rises around 11 p.m. in the southeastern sky and will have a slight orange tint. On April 16, Saturn and the moon will appear to be right next to each other. Anyone who gets up early has probably already seen Venus, which looks like an extremely bright star in the east before sunrise.
Even small telescopes can see the bands and moons of Jupiter, the rings around Saturn, the phases of Venus, and possibly the polar ice caps on Mars.
|A telescope can reveal many details of planets like Saturn and Jupiter.|
Monday, April 7, 2014
Photos by: Katie McKay
|Larry Jackson currently operates VIP foods with his camera-shy wife, Verdia.|
The husband and wife team started off cooking through a contract for Central Florida Community College in Ocala. Larry Jackson became manager once the restaurant turned into a culinary kitchen. Later, he and his wife were asked to work at LSSC. Verdia Jackson came first, with her husband following a year later. “Been here ever since,” Larry says.
A little known fact is that the restaurant’s title is actually Verdia’s nickname. “That’s where VIP comes from,” says Larry. “They called her VIP for short. That was her nickname.” Verdia likes to add the traditional acronym as well. “Very important person,” she says with a smile.
They are retiring so that they can see their grandchildren, and leaving with no ill will toward the school. “It’s been great,” Larry says. “The students, faculty, staff…they’re like family. We’ve enjoyed the ride. You’ve got to like what you’re doing, and we like coming down here. Everybody’s been good to us; the students really support us. We appreciate it, and we’ll come down and pay [everyone] a visit.”
|Student Shakitta Jones orders lunch from VIP foods.|
Annett Sthreshley already knew about their coming absence. In regard to what she will do in the fall semester, she jokingly says that she will starve to death, adding, “I don’t know yet.” Jacob Miller, who will graduate this term, says, “I’m happy for them. I leave when they leave.”
Photos: Mark Valentino
It is that time of the semester again, when anxiety and serious cramming start to affect the student body as a whole. Do not fear if you are still not quite getting a few concepts in your math class or are having trouble discerning the pancreas from the spleen; Fret not, the learning center has tutors to aid you in accomplishing your goals.
|Better at group learning? Get some study buddies|
and start a study group
|Sana Mahmaud, and Kim Emery take a moment to smile|
before getting back to the books.
|Bryan Tillman using one of the 24 laptops|
available for student use.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Growing up, most elementary and middle schools have obnoxious posters on display in classrooms and around campus, reminding students to eat their vegetables, the importance of recycling, fire prevention, having good behavior, the effects of bullying, and why getting good grades is crucial.
Those days are long-gone, and now college has taken over; the place where your major says more about you than your personality, where recess and nap time have been replaced by countless hours of studying, and where education comes at a value.
Up around campus, in bathrooms and on bulletin boards, one can find what appears to be hidden quotes. These little gems can easily go unnoticed, but if you look carefully, you will find them and they might just brighten up a dull day, or ignite a sense of creativity and inspiration in someone.
Shelby Ratliff, a student at LSSC, enjoys these quotes, “One morning I came to school not necessarily in a bad mood, but I saw and read a quote by Albert Einstein that made me feel good.”
Whereas posters still exist in college, they tend to be in more neutral and monotone colors, advising students of scholarship opportunities, information on continuing your education at a higher level university, and events going on around campus.