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Lake Sumter State College's New Administrative Policies

Lake Sumter State College is a school that upholds professionalism, along with friendly staff members that treats the student body with respect and understanding. However, in the past semester, the faculty and students have begun to wonder if the school is getting too professional. The administration staff is beginning to make strict rules regarding student activities and the college as a whole. One of the new rules involves pizza delivery vehicles to show their car insurance when they deliver pizzas for student events.
Lake Sumter’s SGA officers had a few words to speak about this current situation. South Lake’s SGA President, Kaitlin Canterbury, stated, “This new administration has shut down Leesburg’s most popular Halloween House event. This was done under the claim that an inflatable is too much of a liability. However, Leesburg has seamlessly pulled of this event for the past eight years. Later, students performing in Leesburg SGA’s Battle of the Bands were required to carry ins…

Lake Sumter State College's Robin Hood

Pizza with The President- All Students are invited

Is LSSC Meeting Its Values: What Do The Students Want?

By: Samantha Redditt
“Some advisors don’t give you exactly what you need when you’re planning for classes and the future”, said second year LSSC student Cristian Crawford, sharing his opinion based on his experience with Lake Sumter staff. “It’s ok to make mistakes sometimes but, when it comes to a student’s future, there’s no room for error!”, he continued. Another second year student, Stephanie Conti, stated that she’d like to see a greater social media output from the school. An anonymous participant wished there was more of a presence on campus for the arts, such as music or theatre. With a student population that is growing more each year, a school such as Lake Sumter needs to be in tune with and adaptive to the needs of its students. On the LSSC website, the school claims to abide by five values that should be covering these needs: “Be Affordable, Be the Best, Be Supportive, Be Challenging, and Be Student-Centered”. However, let’s see how LSSC students feel about the institution’…

Clermont Home to Supercross Legends

By: Sarah Oulman
CLERMONT, Florida – Aldon Baker, one of the most well-known and successful trainers within the Supercross community, is currently training several of the sport’s top riders at his facility, which is located in the Clermont area. In an interview at this training facility, Baker gave a glimpse into what it is actually like to train these professional riders.             When I asked Baker about his journey to becoming a trainer in his field, he explained that he initially trained individuals, specifically bicyclists, using cardio and strength conditioning techniques. Baker’s cycling career brought him from his home in South Africa to America, and once in the United States, the brand Oakley steered him towards working with motorcycles.             Baker also explained that his elite training program did not come together quickly. According to the celebrity trainer, “The [conditioning and training] developed over time… It took 17 years to create the full training package”. …

The Music’s This Way

By: Emily Schmidt
On the good days, the bad days, and the days you’ll remember for the rest of your life, there is usually one thing in common. Rather it be background noise, a full on soundtrack, or a little carpool karaoke, music slips into our lives everyday and contributes to the way we hold on to memories. When you’re sitting in a room full of people, at least a handful of the crowd would say that music on it’s own has created a memory that will go down as the best day of their life. Experiencing live music leaves a lasting impression like no other, and forever changes the way you feel about a certain tune, venue, or band. Today, the live music scene grows bigger and bolder, with a new modern wave of music festivals is becoming the next biggest trend. In April, one of the largest music in the world, Coachella Valley Music Festival, happened in California’s Palm Desert, attracting over 400,000 people 2 weekends in a row, including myself. The draw to be a part of the magic took over…

Inside the World of the Hermit Kingdom : Human Rights

By: Shannon Hansen  North Korea, also known as the Hermit Kingdom where 24 million people are closed off from the world living under the Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un live in a world unlike many . The defectors of this country have experienced or witnessed inhumane and malicious acts for most of their lives and finally have the voice to tell the horrific stories behind one of the world's most isolated countries. After the fall of Japan in World War II , Korea had been caught in the Cold War ,and while the northern region was controlled by the communist regime of the Soviet Union The United States had influence over the southern sphere. The first of the Kim family is Kim Il-sung whom had fought alongside the Soviet Union in World War II and following the war went back home and ran for president of his country. It is critical for a North Korean citizen to extensively be knowledgeable of the "Great Marshal" and his family that it is to be memorized and recited at an early age. A…

Hurricane Irma Recovery

On Saturday Sept. 9, Florida experienced a record breaking hurricane. Hurricane Irma had no mercy, with bringing down homes, businesses, and flooding neighborhoods. Everyone is still recovering, trying to make up what has been lost. If you are in need of assistance, don't be afraid to reach out. The following information is here to help anybody in the Lake County area. If you need further assistance don't be afraid to talk to officials, even friends, we are all here to help. 
LSSC Emergency Dean Hurricane Irma Recovery Resources SHELTER -www.disasterassistance.gov -FEMA Emergency Lodging Assistance Program 1-866-545-9865 -FEMA individual assistance 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) -Florida Disaster open shelters: www.floridadisaster.org/shelters/summary.aspx -Lake County: Lake Yale Baptist Church (Leesburg) & Grand Isle Baptist Church (Grand Island) -Sumter County : Sumter Fairgrounds (Bushnell) & Wildwood Community Center (Wildwood) -Red Cross shelter information562-254-4498 (cell) -Searc…

What Makes a Meme, Part 2: The Basics

A Study by Katie LeJeune
This is the second in a series of articles that will look at what makes memes go viral, as well as how we’ve ended up using them to communicate. You can read part one here.

The checklist for what makes memes go viral seems to be rooted in three key features:
Memes are funny.

Humor is easily the most important aspect of a meme. If it’s not funny, there’s no joke, and therefore no meme. Memes are fairly simple to create, but it’s the humor behind it that really sets the memeage into motion.

Memes are relatable.
Memes represent every emotion on the spectrum, from anger to anxiety and depression to joy. No emotion or situation has been left unmemed, which is important given how vital memes have become to communicating in the modern world.
Memes are easy to recognize.


This is a large part of why visual memes like the Bee Movie are so popular. There’s a distinct image or character that can be represented in various ways. It’s the same with the Lightning McQueen meme…

EDM On The Rise

By: David Vallecillo
Floridians and fans of dance music are taking the opportunity of attending three major music festivals in Florida’s major cities every year, including one known worldwide. From a music scene that made its mark with its first music festival in 1999 with about 1,000 people attending to today where attendance rose to 50,000-150,000 people. Whether you’re a regular festival goer or someone curious on what the hype is all about, attending at least one major dance music festival is something you have to experience at least once in your life.
Many expect to listen to EDM, dance, sing, and enjoy being “Under The Electric Sky”, however, these festivals have more things going on within the crowds. As an attendant of all three major music festivals, I can say that you’ll have a lot more stories to tell than saying you “had fun”.


Ultra Music Festival, located in Miami, is the world’s most recognized EDM festival along with being voted World’s Number One Music Festival by DJ Ma…

The Tragedy Of Manchester

By: Khrystyne Barnett
On Monday night, May 22nd, tragedy struck Manchester, England. During a time where young and old came together to listen to their beloved artist, Ariana Grande. Salman Abedi, suicide bomber, killed twenty-two people and injured dozens more.
Prayers and wishes of healing are sending to those families and friends of the victims. Many officials such as Lake-Sumter State College’s president, Dr. Sidor, President Trump, and Queen Elizabeth II have given responses on the subject.

“As the events unfold in Manchester, England, I send my deepest condolences to all those here and abroad who have been impacted by these horrific acts. In times such as these, it continues to be important that we take care of one another and our students.  This event may bring up memories of the Pulse attack in Orlando just under a year ago. The LSSC community is strong; we showed that then and I know that we will continue to come together as a community now. - Dr. Stan Sidor

“We stand in absol…

What Makes a Meme, Part 1: An Introduction

By Katie LeJeune    A screaming Meryl Streep, 80’s one-hit-wonder sensation Rick Astley, and the kids’ television show LazyTown. First impressions won’t help in figuring out the connection between the items on this list, unless, that is, you know your memes. The word meme was first coined by Richard Dawkins, a British scientist, in his book The Selfish Gene (1976). Back then, the word meme meant “a unit of cultural transmission.” Its current definition is still true to its roots, but Internet memes, the focus here, are a little more specific. While still allowing the vague freedom associated with previous definitions, the Merriam-Webster description takes into consideration the visual aspects brought forward via the Internet’s nature. But to some, technical definitions don’t truly capture the essence of memes. “It’s its own form of comedy,” explained self-proclaimed meme connoisseur Jonathan Eldredge, “but not everyone understands it.” Eldredge’s best friend Ryan Purvas, another conn…

Universal's Newest Park, Volcano Bay, is set to Open in May

By Emily Schmidt As Floridians, there is nothing more that we love than sunshine and amusement parks. Volcano Bay is Universal’s new water park that’s taking its home at the heart of I-4. The new park will have over 10 state of the art rides that vary from water roller coasters to a lazy river that’s full of surprises. This park has activities for the whole family. But perhaps the most enticing part of the brand new waterpark is the brand new technology that comes along with it. There’s nothing more annoying than having to carry those pesky rafts up 4 flights of stairs in order to enjoy the ride. Volcano Bay has made it a goal to avoid making its guests out of breath before the ride even starts. Dale Mason, Vice president and executive art director for Universal Creative, sat down with Orlando Sentinel and explained how the float movement would work, “[t]here are magnets built into the track, so by sequencing the magnets, you actually pull the vehicle through the climbing portions o…

Which course type (seated, online, or hybrid) is for you?

By Kevin Kurz Lake Sumter offers a variety of ways for students to take classes. If you want the classic college experience, you can sign up for a fully seated class. On the other hand, if you're looking for something a little more flexible, you can register for an online class or mix the two and take a hybrid course. But what course type gives the most bang for your buck?After surveying students, it seems not all class types are created equally. I asked twenty students four questions:-Which class type do you prefer?-In which class type do you learn the most?-Which class type is the easiest?-Which class type would you recommend to new students? Most students enjoy the traditional fully seated classes, while the online format was the least popular across the board. Perhaps this can be explained by student responses to the second question - the one where we find the biggest discrepancy. 60% felt they learned better with the fully seated option.So what's wrong with online clas…

Playlist Live Orlando

By Sarah OulmanEvery year, Playlist Live hosts a weekend-long event in Orlando for YouTube stars and fans alike. This three-day convention allows small Youtubers to gain insight on growing their own channels and gives fans the chance to meet large groups of famous YouTube Creators all weekend long. Attendees fly from across the nation for this event, and the 7th annual Playlist Live Orlando is already set to be one of the best events to date. As someone who is currently a small Youtuber, I can easily say that I’m excited to attend Playlist Live this May. The convention is being held at the World Center Marriot again, and as usual, the hotel will be packed with attendees. Fans have the chance to meet their favorite stars at meetups, but for those staying at the hotel, there’s always a high chance of running into Youtubers by the pool or in the lobby. You never know who might end up in the elevator with you!Playlist Live hasn’t released the full lineup of YouTube Creators yet; however, R…

We are not alone!

By David Vallecillo For you curious or aspiring astronomers, NASA confirmed February 22nd; they discovered seven Earth-sized planets through their Spitzer Space Telescope. Astronomers also found that three out of the seven planets were located in habitable zones for potential life. The Spitzer Space Telescope is NASA’s 720 million dollar infrared space telescope launched back in August of 2003. Spitzer trailed the seven new planets and bought NASA scientists 256x256 pixel detected photos of the planets and some of its surface. NASA’s scientists are able to conduct further studies of the planets surface thanks to the Spitzer. “You can just imagine how many worlds are out there that have a shot to becoming a habitable ecosystem,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, an associate administrator at NASA during a news conference.NASA named the planets, TRAPPIST-1, and is 235 trillion miles away from the Earth. Scientific study determined that the planets are positioned in habitable zones based on their di…

International Women’s Day, Everyday

By Kelsey Griggs On March 8th, women everywhere came together for a day of equality. This day is known as International Women’s Day, a day celebrating feminism. On this day, feminism was celebrated globally. The women, and some men, of Lake Sumter State College found themselves looking at what feminism meant to them. Despite the true definition of feminism, everyone defines the word differently. However, most believed in the same core value: equal rights for all people. When asked if they considered themselves feminists, most responded with a resounding "yes." One female student, Nyssa Phokakul, includes denying gender roles in her definition. “In society, we are expected to be the ‘stay at home housewife’ when we are capable of doing much more than that.” Another female student stresses safety for women in her definition, saying that “To be a feminist is to want every woman to be able to walk down the street without being cat called.” She even plans to carry this with her …

LSSC's Short Play Festival 2017

By Kevin Yurasek, Director of Marketing & College RelationsLake-Sumter State College will host The Short Play Festival 2017 featuring 32 short plays performed in 2 distinct shows. Tickets are $5 and available at the door. LSSC began accepting submissions of 1-minute, 5-minute, and 10-minute plays in October, 2016, and within 2 months, received nearly 900 submissions from writers across the world. Of those, 32 have been selected and divided into two unique shows. Show 1 will be performed on Thursday, April 6th and Saturday, April 8th at 7:30pm and Show 2 will be performed Friday, April 7th at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 9th at 2:00pm.The shows, with several world-premiers, will feature works by a number of prestigious playwrights, including a Juilliard fellow, an Emmy-winning writer, and a recipient of the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship. Also among the selected writers are two Lake-Sumter State College students, who have been mentored by LSSC faculty as they prepare their works. Foll…

A Foodie's Guide to Gluten-Free Eating

By Rachel Ilardi What is gluten? According to The Celiac Disease Foundation, it’s “a general name for the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley, and triticale. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together.” In those with Celiac disease, gluten “damages the small intestine and nutrients can't be absorbed”, as stated by WebMD.However, there are many food choices out there for us! Some of my top picks for gluten-free food: Chick-Fil-A and Chipotle are all the rage these days. Both websites show a detailed allergen list, showing which foods contain common allergies. Chipotle’s chart states that everything, except their tortillas, are gluten-free! Hamburgers are everywhere and can be ordered in a lettuce wrap or on a gluten-free bun. These lettuce wraps can be found at Five Guys and BurgerFi. Others, like Red Robin, Culvers, and Wahlburgers actually provide their customers with gluten-free buns! Feel like staying in? Take a trip to Publi…

LSSC Loves the South-Lake Animal League!

By Samantha Redditt Tuesday, March 7th, Lake Sumter’s Student Government hosted an Animal Rescue Event. SGA brought some furry friends to campus! From 11 am to 1 pm at the Sails Pavilion, three puppies were waiting to play and hopefully get a forever home. These dogs were brought by the South Lake Animal League, a nonprofit, no-kill shelter, which houses approximately 125 animals monthly available for adoption by anyone 21 years or older.Organizer of this event, SGA member Natasha Figueroa, said that this is “a great way to remind people the importance of adopting from animal shelters. Some dogs are mistreated in their homes and then just get left in places like this.” The South Lake Animal League is located at 4648 Baptist Island Road in Groveland. Vivian Zielinski, an adoption coordinator with the shelter loves the shelter and said, "for the first time in my life, I love coming to work every day. It's an amazing place to work!" We can all do our part to improve the liv…

LaMelo Ball’s 92 Point Performance Impressive or Too Easy?

By David Vallecillo “He started on fire. Just attacking the rim. They tried to double-and triple team him after he scored 45,” said father of Chino Hills’ basketball star, LaMelo Ball, following his 92 point scoring performance against Los Osos that’s got the attention of the national media. LaMelo Ball is a 15-year-old sophomore who attends Chino Hills High School in California and is the youngest of the three buzzing Ball brothers who also play basketball. Ball’s performance Tuesday night led many fans and current players question whether his performance was impressive or just too easy.On paper, Ball’s performance seems incredible but after the highlight video came out it showed Ball barely running half court to play defense which led to him getting open and scoring easy layups every possession. The highlight video went viral and it left many critical comments including a viral one from a current NBA Player.

Support the Orlando Cat Café

By Sarah Oulman In a collaborative effort with The Animal League and Axum Coffee, the Orlando Cat Café has quickly risen in popularity amongst locals in the Clermont area and even travelers from across the country. Here, patrons have the opportunity to not only play with the sweetest rescue cats but also to give these furry friends some new homes. Getting a new pet is a major commitment. The Cat Café allows you to meet your furry friend in a comfortable environment before making your decision. “The Cat Café usually has anywhere from 12-18 cats at a time,” said Kathie Camara, a volunteer working with the cats. Since opening in September of 2016, there have been 60 successful adoptions, which is a wonderful feat! The cat play area and café are separated with two different air conditioning systems, meaning there is no cross contamination. As a result, those who are allergic can grab a coffee and watch the felines through a glass viewing window. According to one worker named Chelsea, many…

Christina Grimmie’s Leaving a Legacy

By Rachel Ilardi“Christina Grimmie is dead.”I was working at a Children’s ministry event that Saturday afternoon when I got the text. After a swift sadness, I was hit with a sudden jolt of shock. Just last night, Grimmie held a concert in Orlando that my friends and I had planned to attend, until one by one, all of our plans fell through.Immediately, I needed to know what happened. My heart racing, my friend told me that she was gunned down during her meet and greet after the show.On June 10, 2016, Kevin James Loibl entered the The Plaza Live with the clear intent to shoot Grimmie. Further harm was avoided after Marcus Grimmie, Christina’s brother, tackled the man. This tragic event shook fans all across the globe. A sudden wave of grief hit all social media outlets that weekend, as fans and many celebrities took to memorializing Grimmie. The internet saw many dedicate songs to her life, such as Selena Gomez, singing a moving version of Transfiguration by Hillsong Worship, and Ju…

Devos the New Boss

By Kevin Kurz On February 7th, Vice President Mike Pence voted in favor of Besty Devos, breaking a 50/50 tie in the Senate and confirming her as the Secretary of Education.Devos's nomination was extremely controversial. Senators received a record-setting average of 1.5 million phone calls a day until her confirmation hearing. With such a controversial figure becoming the head of public education, I wondered how Lake Sumter felt. Asking a variety of students and staff at the South Lake Campus what their reaction to Devos's confirmation was, I got answers ranging from surprised and appalled to "Who is Betsy Devos?" The one reaction I did not receive was excitement. The biggest criticisms were over her lack of experience and allegations of bribery. Jerod Cinco, (student), said, "If you're the head of public education, you should have experience in public education." Before being confirmed, Devos had never attended nor worked in a public school. Others wo…

Dual Enrollment Students Want More Campus Life

By Kelsey Griggs Lake Sumter State College offers qualifying high school students an early feel for college life through Dual Enrollment, but do the Dual Enrollment students at LSSC feel like a part of the college community? Many Dual Enrollment students split their time between campuses, leaving them unable to participate in some campus events or clubs. Matthew Devernoe, a Dual Enrollment student, says he only really goes on campus for classes. “I think, as a Dual Enrollment student, it’s just not my place in those activities and groups.” Another Dual Enrollment student, Carina Vitale, feels her split time hinders her ability to participate in campus activities. “Our high school schedule can conflict with the times of clubs and activities.” She also feels as though Dual Enrollment students’ opinions aren’t always seen as valuable due to their age. As a student body and as a school, it is important that we cater to all of our students’ needs and make everyone feel welcome. Dual Enro…

Keeping Up with Trump

President Trump’s Executive Memos and Orders from His First Week in Office (research collected from Reuters and CNN.com., list compiled by Katie LeJeune) The following list contains approximately 60 Executive Memos and Orders that were all issued within President Trump’s first 5 days in office:Proclamation 9570: National Day of Patriotic DevotionAs one of his first official acts, President Trump declared his inauguration day to be a "National Day of Patriotic Devotion." The tradition goes back to President George H.W. Bush. Executive Order 13765: Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending RepealTrump's first executive order was as much a messaging document as a policy-making one, emphasizing the Trump administration to seek the repeal of the health insurance law known as Obamacare. Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies: Regulatory Freeze Pending ReviewAn immediate halt to the publication of any new re…