Modern Language and College Democrats

These two clubs encourage political and cultural intrigue.

Gay marriage legalized in Florida despite ongoing protests

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, Florida became the 36th state to legalize gay marriage; unfortunately the Duval, Clay, and Baker counties stopped giving out licenses in protest against the recently passed law.

Lakehawks soar over Eagles in season opener

The Lakehawks opened the season with a 2-0 win at home against nationally ranked Eagles of Polk State College on Jan. 30.

Obama proposes first two years of college free.

On Jan. 20, President Obama announced a proposal in the State of the Union Address to guarantee the first two years of community college free to students enrolled part-time and who maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.

South Lake SGA hosts Pumpkin Bowling Challenge

South Lake students continue the decade-long tradition of Pumpkin Bowling.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Dunkin Donuts Vs. Starbucks

















Photo By: Taylor Williams

Staff Editorial, March 2015 Issue.

College students alike share the ever familiar coffee-binge-study-sesh more than they’d like to admit. We here at the Angler know all too well the need for caffeine to keep us going, and it seems we’ve all started to become… coffee snobs.

There are two general options for those of us attending LSSC. Starbucks, and Dunkin Donuts. While Leesburg has a much more limited selection in comparison to the South Lake campus in Clermont, it’s safe to say that these two coffee giants lead the market in coffee based beverage sales. So who should you spend your money on?

Money is the bane of our existence as college students, being that we are basically broke all the time. The good news is that coffee is relatively affordable, but if you’d like to save a few cents for that piggy bank, Dunkin Donuts is the best choice. A Dunkin Donuts large iced vanilla coffee costs 2.87$ plus tax. In fact, their large drinks are a whopping 32 ounces and during happy hour (3-6 p.m.) they are a mere 1.07$. Comparatively to Starbucks, who’s large is only 24 ounces and costs 3.17$ with tax, Dunkin wins this round by a landslide.

When it comes to beverages, Starbucks knows how to please the consumer. Their available drink selection outnumbers, and out flavors Dunkin’s menu with ease. While Dunkin Donuts has been stepping its game up to offer specialty drinks, Starbucks has mastered both quantity and quality for its consumers.

Now what about actual coffee beans? Who has a better cup of joe, no sugar or cream added? Starbucks’s coffee bean of choice is the Arabica bean which they import from Latin America, Africa, and Asia Pacific. Likewise, Dunkin’s bean of choice is also the Arabica bean, which they only import from Latin America. While Starbucks has much tastier drink concoctions to mask the sharp, bitter, acidic taste of their coffee bean—Dunkin Donuts pulls into first place with a bean that is by far, easier to consume without dousing it in sugar and adding tons of flavors. Dunkin’s Arabica bean has the ever sharp Arabica bite, but a warmer taste that is not too potent without the fix ins’.

Last, but certainly not least, is service. Coffee is great, but it’s even greater when served with good customer service and moreover, made correctly. Dunkin Donuts has a lot to learn when it comes to this aspect of the business. While they claim that “America runs on Dunkin” it has never been truer that Starbucks runs off Dunkin’s mistakes. Starbucks consistently serves their beverages correctly and with the exact specifications to the customer, whereas Dunkin Donuts employees seem to serve whatever they feel like. It’s almost as if the staff doesn’t know the proper recipes for the company’s drinks, and for that, Starbucks catches back up to tie with Dunkin Donuts.

Both companies offer entirely different consumer experiences. Dunkin Donuts may have the cheaper average Joe suitable for college students on a low budget, but the true coffee snob award goes to Starbucks and their impeccable service and coffee creations.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Two clubs encourage political and cultural intrigue at LSSC

Modern Language Club

Talks of the Modern Language club started towards the end of the fall 2014 semester. Erin Hill, the clubs current president, graduated from South Sumter High School and brought with her to college at LSSC her interest in foreign language.
“When I was in high school, we had a foreign language club. I wanted to bring the experience of that to college at a higher level.” Hill said in an interview Jan. 13.
Accompanied with Erin Hill who knows French is the club’s advisor Marie Currie who is also fluent in French, Gerald Cruz who is fluent in Tagalog and a few other student members who know French and Mandarin and are also experimenting with other languages regularly.
Those who are interested in learning a foreign language or want to learn about other cultures are free to join. Hill plans to learn basic communication skills of other popular foreign languages to teach them to new members. For new members to learn, current members who are comfortable enough with a language to teach it, will meet one-on-one with the other members to practice.

Modern Language club hosted a campus wide
scavenger hunt that took place the first week of Feb.
 Since the club is only just getting started, they are lacking a sufficient amount of members. Hill talks about ways to keep members who have tight schedules. “I want to develop an honorary member system for those to continue to learn and can’t make the meetings, but these members would need to keep in constant contact to have that privilege.”


College Democrats Club

Although the College Democrats club is not brand new like the Modern Language club, it is barely recognized on campus.
Andrew Nason, the Vice President for the club, confirms that there is only less than 5 people who are dedicated members at this time. The club is open to anyone interested in politics, and not just for democrats. Republicans are more than welcome as well.
Each meeting takes place on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month at 10 Am in SC 108. During these meeting, political issues are discussed as well as upcoming project ideas.
The College Democrats is planning to host a public forum with a discussion panel of local political leaders. The idea is to open a topic of racial relations that have recently appeared in the news. Club leaders hope to present this during Black History Month but if that isn’t possible, leaders will settle for conducting the project in March.
If applicable, the panel will consist of a local congressman who is said to be Treyvon Martin’s old attorney, a local author who wrote about Lake Country’s racial past, and a member from the College Democrats club. This is still discussed at an idea only. Vice President Andrew Nason talks of his ambitious ideas for this project. “It is an ambitious idea, but I think it would be beneficial to bring a legal and historical aspect to the panel.”
Nason is an Elementary Education major who gained an interest in politics from his government teacher at Leesburg High School. Nason shares his political view, and what he hopes to gain from being apart of the club. “I am openly gay and as someone interested in politics, I hope to help raise awareness of political issues just like gender equality to college students and even high school level students.”  
 
 



Thursday, February 12, 2015

Gay marriage legalized in Florida despite ongoing protests

By: Savannah Arndt

Photo Credit: bluenationreview.com










Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, Florida became the 36th state to legalize gay marriage; unfortunately the Duval, Clay, and Baker counties stopped giving out licenses in protest against the recently passed law. 

The news in Florida took an unsuspected turn when the youth showed a lack of interest in the controversial event. Several students at Lake-Sumter State College were asked about their opinion on the subject and all but one, declined to share their opinion.  

Jennifer Woodruff, 18, expressed a strong view on the matter. After being asked whether she agreed or opposed, she replied with a confirmative, “Of course, everyone has a right to be happy with whomever they desire to be happy with, despite their genitalia. Sexual preference should not be a deciding factor in the decision to allow someone to marry.” She was aware that many people in her generation were oblivious to the recent legalization. She found out the day after it was confirmed, with Facebook as the resource. 

When asked if she was aware of anyone affected by the legalization, she said, “I don’t know anyone personally, but I do know that there will be a lot of happy people soon and that makes me happy.” 

The Republican and Democratic counties of Florida both have their own say in the matter. While the Republican Counties disagree with the movement, Democratic Counties feel otherwise. 
Former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, does not have much to say in regards to the recent legalization of gay marriage, except, “It ought to be a local decision. I mean, a state decision.” Bush said in a recent interview with The Miami Herald. Other Republican leaders fell silent on the subject. 
Miami-Dade became the first county in Florida to allow gay couples to wed when a state judge lifted the temporary ban. 


Newlywed couples from Key West, Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones were among the first to get married. According to The Miami Herald, the two sued Monroe County’s Clerk of Court and demanded they be allowed to marry. They won, successfully. Teary eyed, Jones says, “I’m glad it’s finally legal.” 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

As Valentine's Day approaches, date ideas are needed


By: Nicole Gato, South Lake Reporter

Hearts litter Lake-Sumter State College Leesburg campus in anticipation of Valentine's Day. Photo by: Kristen Binning

















Valentine’s Day: a holiday that singles and couples alike just can’t seem to escape! Wasn’t it only last week that the stores had the Christmas decorations up? I think I still spotted some plastic Christmas tree needles on the ground by that explosive display of red, pink and white hearts.

The holiday was created in honor of the Christian martyr Saint Valentinus of Rome, who was arrested for ministering to Christians during the rule of the Roman Empire in the 3rd Century. The day only turned into a day of romance and love later in the 18th century. 

However, some may argue that Valentine’s Day was a holiday only created by females in order to add another day of the year for us women folk to receive gifts. Anniversaries, Christmas, and birthdays apparently just aren’t enough for us. But contrary to common belief, Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful holiday that both girlfriends and boyfriends can enjoy. 

1. Picnic: Plan a picnic including your favorite foods (even if that involves take out from a restaurant!). Go to a local park, or maybe just plan an indoor picnic. 

2. Stay in and watch a movie: In our busy fast paced lifestyle, sometimes we want nothing more than to stay home one night. Include PJ’s to cuddle and a copy of a favorite movie, topped off with a little bit of love and the aroma of microwaved popcorn and a perfect affordably romantic evening awaits! 

3. Go star gazing: As cheesy as it sounds, you can’t get any more romantic than looking up into the vastness of the galaxies with your special someone. Pack a blanket and go to a local park and enjoy the beauty of the night sky. 

4. Baking date: Find recipes for your favorite desserts and bake them together! If this seems too intimidating, you can’t go wrong with chocolate dipped strawberries. 

5. Buy gag gifts for each other: Go to a dollar store or maybe even a thrift store and buy some funny but thoughtful gifts for one another. This is a perfect opportunity for you and your lovebird to share an inside joke to laugh at for years to come. 

6. DIY: Even if you don’t feel like you have a creative bone in your body, there are tons of easy homemade gift ideas for your Valentine. Knowing that someone took the time to make you something can make it that much sweeter and more romantic! 


Obama proposes first two years of college free

Staff Editorial

Photo Credit: Whitehouse.gov
  
Obama poses for extremely proffesional picture 















It’s the start of a New Year and with it brings the talk of new and exciting things. But instead of talking about New Year’s resolutions, we here at The Angler would like to speak to a greater issue—one that every college student should be interested in: free community college.

On Jan. 20, President Obama announced a proposal in the State of the Union Address to guarantee the first two years of community college are free to students enrolled part-time and who maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.

“Forty percent of our college students choose community college.  Some are young and starting out.  Some are older and looking for a better job.  Some are veterans and single parents trying to transition back into the job market.  Whoever you are, this plan is your chance to graduate ready for the new economy, without a load of debt…” President Obama said in his speech. “I want to spread that idea all across America, so that two years of college becomes as free and universal in America as high school is today.  And I want to work with this Congress, to make sure Americans already burdened with student loans can reduce their monthly payments, so that student debt doesn’t derail anyone’s dreams.”

It’s a bold plan to propose in a country where its 15-year-old students are ranked 29 in math, 22 in science and 19 in reading when compared to OECD member countries, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. There are 34 OECD member countries in total, in case you were wondering. It’s clear that when it comes to education, we are not number one.

However, a proposal is a far cry away from a sure thing, especially with a Republican-led Congress since the 2014 midterm elections. The Republican Party decried President Obama’s address, calling most of his proposals to alleviate the stress of poverty from the poor as “new tax plans.” “I would not want the federal government in any way to get their hands on our community college system,” said Congressman Daniel Webster of Florida’s 10th congressional district (representing Leesburg, Fruitland Park, Tavares, Eustis, Mt. Dora, Clermont, and parts of Orlando). “Lake-Sumter State College…[is in touch] with the community. What they offer is what is needed.”

While it is true that LSSC hands out over $500,000 in scholarships to students each year through the LSSC Foundation, it unfortunately cannot cover every student in need. If the purpose of government is to serve the people, then how can it be wrong for a government to then provide for its people the basic fundamental right of public education? Places like Finland, Sweden and Scotland already offer free college education to their citizens (all places that rank higher than the US in education, by the way). In Denmark, college students get paid every month to attend classes.

While President Obama’s plan is “too little too late” for us, it sets the precedent that we should strive to make a reality in our future. A college degree can be a pathway to a better life—but only for those who can afford it. I don’t know about you, but I rather like the idea of living in a country where everyone has a fair chance at a higher education, rather than continue to live the reality of all children left behind in secondary education.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Lakehawks soar over Eagles in season opener

By: Patrick Endicott

Freshman Bryce Myers at bat against the Eagles of Polk State College.
Photo by: P.Endicott
The Lakehawks opened the season with a 2-0 win at home against nationally ranked Eagles of Polk State College on Jan. 30.  The game held at the Lake-Sumter State College Athletics Complex on the Leesburg campus saw the debut of a number of freshman team members who also started; Bryce Myers, Taylor Westbrook, Mason McClellan, Danny Cumba, Ryan Kelley, and Josh Jiminez.

Freshman Lakehawk Pitcher Josh Jiminez warming up between innings.
Photo by: P.Endicott
In the bottom of the first, the Lakehawks took the lead with Myers scoring on Sophomore Tanner Elsbernd’s sacrifice fly ball to center field.  Polk failed to mount a defense in the top of the second, leaving the Lake-Sumter to add to their lead with McClellan crossing the plate after a single to center followed by a single by Cumba.

Mason McClellan crossing the plate on a sacrafice fly by Tanner Elsbernd.
Photo by: P.Endicott

Polk State short-stop Kaylor Kulina connected with a ball and sent high and into foul territory to be caught against the fence by Lakehawk third baseman Westbrook. The outfield ended the aspirations of the remaining polk batters with a pop fly to left field caught by Elsbernd and a fly ball to Cumba.

Polk State would see more trouble in the fourth inning with Polk State center fielder Luke Parker caught stealing second followed by strong defense by the Lakehawks to end the inning after 2 hits by Eagles batters Matt Piatt and Zack Bullard.


The remaining innings saw no further runs by either team and the Lakehawks putting their first win of the season in the record books. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Leesburg community presents annual MLK Jr Parade

Leesburg community gathered Jan. 17, 2015 for the 4th annual Martin Luther King Jr Commemoration parade/march. About 1,000 attending watched a multicultural celebtration of Dr. King's teaching with wakers, floats and choirs among many others.  

Lake-Sumter State College representatives ride down the parade route in celebration of MLK Jr. 









 
LSSC students pass out goodies to those who attended the parade.  










Dr Mojock accompanied by other LSSC representatives wave to the crowd.










Members of the Lake County Sheriffs Department celebrate Martin Luther King by marching the parade route. 










Members of the Lake County Sheriffs Department ride the parade route on horses exchanging smiles with the audience. 

LSSC hosts Welcome Back Bash at Leesburg campus

LSSC's Welcome Back Bash took place on the Leesburg campus on Jan. 14, 2015. Students on Leesburg campus welcomed new and returning students for the spring semester.



Karizma Bowers, LSSC STEM Club president for Spring 2015, mans the booth for students who are interested in jointing the club. Credit: Lake-Sumter State College.





Club Members of YODAA sought out new students for the spring semester. 







SAFIRE club member laid out icons on his table describing what the club is all about to gain the interest of new students. Icons ranging from comic books to dvd's of the latest trends in anime. 






SGA members playfully fought each other on the inflatable jousting ring provided to students at the Welcome Back Bash. 






An inflatable obstacle course gained attention as students challenged themselves in the name of fun at the Welcome Back Bash. 












Students raise to the finish on the inflatable obstacle course. 







Students take advantage of free food provided by SGA at the Welcome Back Bash. 







Students enjoy music while dancing to the latest hits thanks for the DJ present at the Welcome Back Bash. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Angler now has an Advice Column!



Graphic by: David Renna


Students! You don't have to be an expert to ask for advice. Do you have any questions? Know of a friend who has questions? Ask The Angler staff! You may just see your question answered in an upcoming issue. 

Questions can be submitted anonymously to theangleronline@gmail.com.

Monday, December 8, 2014

“The 808:” Lake-Sumter alumni Ryan James Edwards releases first album

Article by Katie McKay, Editor-in-Chief
Photos by Kelly Rae Stewart Photography


Ryan James Edwards has traveled far and wide to achieve his dream of becoming a musician, but he points to Lake-Sumter as the starting point of his career. “Lake-Sumter,” he says, “is, [educationally], what kick-started me to even [think] I could do this. They prepared me, gave me at least the beginning tools to say, ‘This is how you can manage yourself. This is how you can basically live this dream out.’ It equipped me. Starting here equipped me to do what I’m doing now.”

Edwards dual-enrolled at Lake-Sumter during his senior year of high school in 2006, taking several business classes and as many music classes as possible, mostly with Professor Peter Arcaro. Edwards says, “He was amazing. I probably took almost every class, by the time I was done here, that he offered because I really, really liked what he was doing. I would even say that because of a lot of the stuff he taught me, he allowed me to become who I am now in music... He knew what he was doing.”

He moved on the Seminole State College in 2008. He describes the period after college as something like a rollercoaster ride. He spent five years on tour with Kadesh, a Christian band from Lake County that garnered considerable attention in the Christian community. Besides touring numerous countries including Peru, the Dominican Republic and western Canada, they also performed at Disney’s Night of Joy for three years in a row.

In 2011 he fell in love and moved to North Carolina to pursue a career in music. He met up with Remedy Drive, a band that had formerly worked with Fireflight, and asked if they needed his help with anything. He ended up leaving a few days later for a six-week tour, proposing to his soon-to-be wife hours before being dropped off at the bus stop to leave.

When he returned, he was offered a full salary job working with a start-up record label. The gig lasted ten months before collapsing. He made money by playing background roles in small movies and commercials until he was offered a position running the sound system for Providence Road Church of Christ in Charlotte, North Carolina.

It was there that he learned how to produce his own music and gained the skills he would need to make his dreams of independently publishing an album a reality.

In 2013 he created a Kickstarter campaign with the help of a photographer and friend Kelly Rae Stewart. The Kickstarter company itself took note of his project and gave it special promotion on their website. He ended up exceeding his goal of $7,000 by $370 with 115 backers. His album was officially released Nov. 11 and is now available on websites such as iTunes, Amazon MP3 and Google Play.

Lake-Sumter showed him that this dream was possible and gave him the skills to pursue it. He passes this idea on in his advice to current students. “Try to pick up skills, even if you don’t feel like they’re ideal; they’re going to apply. If it has to do with what that you love… do it, because it probably is [going to] help you in the long run. Push. Make connections; make friendships. Be happy with what you’re doing, because if you’re happy with what you’re doing, people are going to want to be a part of that.”

His final advice is to “Learn as much as you can. Never stop learning. Never.”

Edwards aims to leave a legacy of positive, refreshing music that uplifts those who hear it. While his work is not specifically Christian music, he has taken much inspiration from the genre. All the bands he has worked with were Christian bands, and he cites a cappella singing as part of what helped him learn what was possible with musical chords.

“This is a whole album of pursuing a dream,” he says. To current students who are still deciding what to do with their lives, he adds, “Don’t back down… That’s my biggest thing. Be happy with what you’re doing, because if you’re happy with what you’re doing, people are going to want to be a part of that.”

To purchase “The 808”or learn more about his journey, visit www.the808music.com or his Kickstarter page at http://kck.st/1b9h0IP.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tips for holiday shopping on a college-student budget

Article by Nicole Gato, Staff Writer
Illustration by Katie McKay


It’s that time of year again! We feel the chill in the air and hear the familiar sound of Christmas music. This change of season also signals the return of the holiday shopping race. The holidays are the perfect time of year to express gratitude to the special people in your life. However, buying the perfect gift can be difficult on the minimal budget of a typical college student. During this time of year, finding incredible deals and saving money are crucial. Here are some helpful tips for surviving the season of giving with cash to spare.

Plan ahead. An important part of making your holiday shopping excursion a success is knowing what you need to buy ahead of time. Don’t be afraid to ask people what they want or need so you don't end up buying something they won't use.

Make a list. Once you have made your list and checked it twice, stick to it. Straying from the list can lead to unnecessary purchases and spending more money than you planned.

Do your research.
Don’t go into one store and settle for whatever price is set. Before you start shopping, go online and compare prices or visit other stores ahead of time. You’ll be surprised by the different prices on items that stores offer.

Don’t forget the thrift shop. The idea of shopping for Christmas gifts at a thrift store or second hand shop might seem strange, but give it a chance and you might come across some treasures for your family and friends at low prices.

Shop with cash. Although this may seem unrealistic, you will be surprised by how effective this strategy can be for helping you stick to your budget.

Save store receipts. This small action can be helpful when dealing with “buyer’s remorse.” Even if you don’t think you’ll want to return something, it’s always a good idea to store your receipts in an envelope or in your wallet.

Homemade gifts. Don’t overlook homemade gifts. Take an opportunity to express your creativity with a gift that comes from the heart and is more personalized than a store-bought gift. 

Your holiday shopping doesn't have to empty your bank account; be creative and keep an open mind when looking for gifts. What counts is not the price of the presents, but the ones for whom you buy them.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

South Lake SGA hosts Fall Festival

Story by Nicole Gato, Staff Writer
Photos by Nicole Gato

Jason Lykins, Joshua Labayne and Michael Crews enjoy the sand art booth at the South Lake campus Fall Festival.
On Nov. 18 Lake-Sumter State College’s South Lake campus held their annual Fall Festival. The event took place in Building 1, and it was open from 11a.m.-1 p.m. for all students who wanted to stop by and enjoy what the LSSC South Lake SGA had prepared. Samantha Dicaro, SGA President for the South Lake campus, mentioned that the event was meant to be held under the main pavilion on campus, but due to unexpected cold weather, all activities were moved into the main lobby of Building 1. 

The event included free food, games and crafts. Outside, participants made fresh, warm apple twists. Inside, two tables were set up with sand art for students to create by filling bottles of various shapes with layers of colored sand. Michael Crews, South Lake’s SGA senator was enthusiastic about the craft, saying, “We have sand art…it’s really fun!”

A third table was set up with free giveaway bags that included a Lake-Sumter tumbler, candy and a flyer for the SGA. Students also had the opportunity to participate in a friendly game of corn hole, which was set up indoors.

About 50 students overall came by to enjoy the Fall Festival, evidence of its success in getting students involved and giving them a fun way to celebrate the Fall season.

Director of Activities Claudia Mercado-Morazo works the sand art booth.
Jeffery Rivera and Michael Nix watch others participate in the corn hole games.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The College Crucible

Story by Katie McKay, Editor-in-Chief
Illustration by Katie McKay


The Thanksgiving season is coming, along with the traditional practices of overindulging in family feasts, watching football, and fighting to the death over toys on Black Friday.

But let us not forget who started the Thanksgiving holiday. It was begun by a group of pilgrims who crossed the ocean looking for the freedom to think for themselves and form their own opinions about religion and life in general, rather than following the traditions handed to them in their home country.

Today that freedom to think and examine and create our own opinions is first encountered in college, but it seems to be doing anything but reinforcing faith. The ideas many of us have inherited from our parents about God and the beginning of the world suddenly seem doubtful in the light of new knowledge in an environment that values logic, science, and evidence above all.

But college does not kill religious beliefs; it refines them with fire. It is here, for the first time, that many of us have been taught how to think. We shouldn’t be afraid of it. Rather, we should embrace this new skill and use it, rather than sheepishly following whatever our parents have taught us or whatever line of thought sounds the most convincing and socially acceptable to us at the moment. If we do this, we will have missed the entire purpose of our education.

Finding the truth should be our ultimate goal, rather than following whatever arbitrary notions please us. Realistically, truth does not change. It is merely our comprehension of it that does, and often. Gravity was still in existence before we acknowledged it and sought to understand it; and it will not cease to exist if we alter our opinions of its existence.

So where is that truth? Is it in the lab, or in a temple? One thing we can know for certain is that neither modern science nor any traditional religion has all the answers. Science is often wrong, and it changes often, though it continually moves towards a more accurate understanding of the physical world. There would be no more research if we had discovered everything for certain. At the same time, all religions are prone to stubbornly-held traditions, changes in opinion, and divisions.

Truth, still, does not change. We have to find it. We have to think. We have to research, test and prove to dig it out of all the opinions and traditions with logic.

Most start out by inheriting their faith from their parents, whether it is a faith in a deity or in science, or a mix of both. At some point, though, we can no longer rely on what our parents tell us is the truth without evidence – not unless we are willing to continue life as blind sheep.

My personal faith has not suffered because of attending college, which is commonly stereotyped as an atheistic, liberal environment that stifles any religious beliefs. Rather, my faith has grown and become something more refined: recognizable but improved and different from what I grew up accepting. I still believe in God. I still believe that He created the universe. But I no longer believe that the earth is only 6,000 years old, as some Christians claim. Rather, I’ve found a strong correlation between the story of the Big Bang and the story that starts with “Let there be light.”

College taught me how to investigate the claim that a Jewish teacher named Jesus rose from the dead. It showed me how to systematically disprove theories that didn’t add up, and how to research ancient historians and scholarly evidence for an accurate understanding. My conclusion was that he did rise, and I am more confident claiming this now that I have researched it.

But this is just my personal journey thus far. If I keep investigating and find proven evidence leading to a different conclusion, I will believe that instead. Ignorance may have once been bliss, but it is no longer satisfying once one learns to think.

So as you slog through the beginning of the season of Thanksgiving, prayers, Christmas stories, political correctness, Hanukah, Kwanza and Santa Claus, embrace the power of logic. Follow the facts and find truth, wherever that may lead you. You may be surprised where you end up. And when you get there, share it with the rest of us.

[Edit Nov. 19: Updated illustration.]


Thursday, November 13, 2014

How to identify a college kid

Comic by: Katie McKay


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

LSSC invites community to LakeHawk Preview Day

Story by: Kristen Binning, Media Editor
Photo by: Kristen Binning

Community members and high school students gather in the
Magnolia Room for LakeHawk Preview Day.
On Nov. 8 Lake-Sumter State College invited high school students and members of the community to LakeHawk Preview Day at the Leesburg campus to get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a LakeHawk.

Dr. Mary Ann Searle, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dr. Charles R. Mojock President of Lake-Sumter State College both presented messages of inspiration to welcome possible future students. “Do what makes you happy and the money will come later,” Dr. Searle said after explaining that the number one major chosen by students is “undecided.”

Dr. Mojock went on to explain that being the first member of a family to attend college can be scary, but he said, “We assure you, help is here for you along the way.”

After the welcome, community members and future students split into two groups. One group was provided with a student panel for a Q & A session, and the other with a Financial Aid Workshop presented by the Assistant Director of Financial Aid Donna MacDonald.

Afterward, student ambassadors led attendees on campus tours ending at the Health Science Center. Once again those on tour split into two groups to participate in mock classroom presentations in rooms 207 and 208. In room 207, Tanya Harris-Rocker, Education and Student Development instructor, gave a presentation of what the Foundations of College Success course would entail. In room 208, Tim Kane, BAS Organizational Management instructor, gave a presentation on the Human Resource Management Course offered here at LSSC.

Later, attendees had the option of filling out an enrollment application with the assistance of admissions personal. The application fee was waived for the event. Attendees were invited to attend the baseball game beginning at 1 p.m. on the same day against Hillsborough Community College. Hillsborough walked away the winners in the game but those who attended the LakeHawk Preview Day walked away winning valuable information for the future.