The Artegon Mall closes

By Samantha Redditt

January 26th marked the last day of Artegon Marketplace opening its doors to the public. The attraction stood out on Orlando’s International Drive as a unique, “anti-mall” featuring small business vendors, art galleries, food trucks, and recreational games. Lightstone Group, the company that owns Artegon Marketplace, stated they planned on taking the property in a “new direction” after putting the property up for sale last August. Several vendors have had to rush to close up shop, while others are quickly finding new places to relocate their business.

Owners of the popular comic book store Gods & Monsters, for example, has expressed their sadness over the closing mall as well as keeping their customers updated on new developments via Facebook. “We are being approached by dozens of awesome potential new spaces, wanting us to move in! So we don't expect to be down long, during this period of transition into a new home”, said store owners Anna Young and Todd Fisher.

The Lightstone Group included on the Artegon Marketplace website that Bass Pro Shops, Ron Jon, Cinemark, Putting Edge, Fuddruckers and Sky Zone will remain open. Many past patrons of Artegon are sad over its closing, as it was once a great place to shop and spend the day. This event goes to show that we should aim to support small businesses when we can, and hopefully the building will be put to good use for the Orlando community.

Rejoice Lake-Hawks! African American History Month is upon us, and Lake Sumter is ready to celebrate. Join your fellow students in celebrating the achievements of African Americans, all month long! Festivities kick off Wednesday, February 1st with the annual African Read-in! The event is held at the South-lake campus in the auditorium (Building 2, Room 137) from 11am-1pm, Refreshments will be provided. So come one, come all and join us in commemorating everything the African American community has done for our country.

Nationwide Battle For Equality Travels To Orlando

By Kelsey Griggs

On January 22, 2017, approximately 470,000 women and men alike marched in Washington D.C. to advocate for women’s rights, says the New York Times. In support of the march in Washington, cities around the nation hosted sister marches, including one in the city of Orlando. Throughout the country, an estimated 3.3 million marchers came out to spread love and sisterhood, according to Vox’s Sarah Frostenson. Despite the many people marching to peacefully protest the new administration of Donald Trump, it was clear that the majority of the focus was on acceptance and unity.

The Orlando march was no exception. Lake-Sumter State College professor Toni Upchurch stressed this matter and shared her thoughts on Facebook after attending the march in Orlando. “We met so many people willing to stand up for the equality of all people.” This historical event caught the attention of major media, but also the eyes of Lake Sumter State College students. One female student, 18, claims that the Women’s March was a way for the country to show that “there are issues that women are willing to fight to fix and that they feel very strongly about.” Dual Enrollment student Alara Nigro sees the Women’s Marches as “a glimmer of hope,” that makes her feel proud to be a woman. It is clear that these beautiful demonstrations of the American spirit have inspired many across the nation, even those here on our own campus.

A Look Into Self-Esteem

By Rachel Ilardi

Worthless. Unlovable. Not enough.

These are words women who struggle with insecurity hear every day. Non-stop. And it is breaking us. To make matters worse, our generation’s constant use of social media perpetuates these lies against women, as many students at the South Lake campus confirmed.

Alyssa, a Junior at the South Lake campus, stated that “people change themselves to be liked and to get likes on social media.” It is common knowledge online that the edgier or sexier the picture, the more likes it acquires. We measure ourselves in comparison to what we see. According to Chloe, a graduating senior at the South Lake campus, “We compare another person’s best trait to our worst, so we diminish ourselves in one thought.”

What’s the solution? We need to understand that as women, there is an inherent value with in us, given at birth. “That our beauty comes from within and shouldn’t be externally judged,” to quote freshmen Sally and Donna, who recently returned to college. We can be ourselves. Brave. Brilliant. Beautiful. And to the men, treat all women in this fashion. Let’s build each other up and respect one another.

Join me at The Lovely Project Experience on February 4th. I can personally tell you it is the most incredible local event I have ever seen. Have you felt worthless? Unloved? Not enough? I understand because I have been there myself. Come. It will change your life. This event is free for ages 11-19 and $25 for women ages 20 and up! The Lovely Project Experience: February 4, 2017 9am-2pm 5495 Clarcona-Ocoee Road, Orlando, FL, 32810 To register, go to

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Call for Submissions: The Odyssey Magazine of the Arts

Deadline: October 2, 2017

The award-winning Odyssey Magazine of the Arts is taking submissions of short fiction, flash fiction, poetry, speculative fiction, non-fiction, drawing, paintings, photography and sculpture. We are currently looking to publish the work of authors and artists who have not yet been published. Fiction requirements are no longer than 1,500 words for short fiction, speculative, non-fiction and poetry; flash fiction can be no longer than 400 words. No anonymous submissions allowed. Maximum 3 submissions per student per category. Must be a current LSSC student enrolled in classes. For complete submission guidelines in all categories, please contact the magazine ( or Kevin Arms, faculty advisor

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