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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…

LSSC Learning Centers

By: Sarah Oulman Most students aren’t aware, but there are facilities on each campus which provide free tutoring and assistance. The LSSC Learning Centers are designed to help students excel in their classes, provide quiet areas to study, and more; however, many have never utilized these resources. The staff includes paid tutors and volunteers who specialize in a variety of subjects. Whether you need help on your homework or don’t know how to study for your test, the tutors are always available. In addition to tutoring, the staff provides Rosetta Stone tablets to anyone who wants to practice a foreign language. In fact, you don’t even have to be taking a foreign language class to do so. The Learning Centers also have equipment for students with disabilities and quiet rooms for those who want to reserve a space for group study sessions. Unfortunately, many students don’t know these services are available. Lexie Johnston and Christina Lott, students at the Leesburg Campus, told me th…

Changing Focus on Trump’s Travel Ban

By: Rachel Ilardi Travel ban. This phrase alone has been enough to make people’s blood boil. For those avoiding the political fray recently, here’s a low-down on what this phrase signifies. According to CNN, President Trump issued an Executive Order on January 27th stating immigration from seven Middle Eastern countries be halted, effectively immediately for 90 days, while Syrian refugees are barred indefinitely. The President’s focus is on improving our nation’s security. On February 9th, a federal appeals court ruled this ban be overruled. Opinions differ on this issue. Garrison, a freshman, doesn’t believe the ban was a racist action against Muslims. For others, this discussion hits home. Dyandra, a 21-year-old at South Lake campus, has been told there’s a good chance her stepmother with a green card could be detained in Colombia. However, there are credible sources showing that ISIS plans to infiltrate other countries by posing as refugees; wherein The Washington Post re…

Be a Valentine's Day Dream Beau

By:Joshua Lebron Valentine's Day is a day many guys around the world struggle with every year. This year I'm here to help you with that. Here are two ideas from myself and two interviews from female students here at Lake Sumter. 1. The first date idea is for girls who aren’t into new and crazy stuff. Instead of going to an expensive restaurant, find a nice open field, bring a blanket, some bug spray, a picnic basket full of all her favorite foods and drinks, and spend the night talking and stargazing, just the two of you! 2. This second date idea is for a guy who really wants to show off his romantic side. Find out the one place in the world your girlfriend wants to travel to. Then, decorate your home or dining room in the style of the place she wants to visit. For decoration ideas try craft stores. Then for the food follow a recipe from that region. You can even have music from the area she wants to travel to playing the background for ambiance! This idea would take more t…

LSSC Softball’s Bri Bennett Featured on espnW Top 10 Plays of the Week

By: Kevin Yurasek, LSSC Director of Marketing & College Relations LEESBURG, Fla. (February 9, 2017) – Lake-Sumter State College Softball was featured on espnW’s Top 10 Plays of the Week for a walk-off grand slam by Brianna Bennett in last Friday’s game. Thanks to Bennett, LSSC Softball won 7-6 on Friday at home against Polk State College. The sophomore catcher says that the grand slam wasn’t even the best part of the game. “Winning the game for the team was the most important to me,” she says. “Everything we do on the team; we do for each other.” As for the rest of the season, Bennett says the team is off to a great start and she’s “looking forward to continuing their momentum throughout the season.” Bennett is a Jacksonville native studying criminal justice. The Lady Lakehawks play at home tomorrow, Feb. 10, against Palm Beach State and away at Pasco-Hernando State College on Saturday. Clip on espnW: http://www.espn.com/espnw/video/18653658/week-feb-6 LSSC Softb…

Lake Sumter’s Second Annual African American Read-In

By Kevin Kurz The second annual African American Read-In came and went this past Wednesday, February 1st, and by all definitions, it was a smashing success. The event was presented on both the Leesburg and Southlake campuses and featured African American fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.Toni Upchurch, the host of the event on the South-Lake Campus, said she wanted it to be a chill, relaxed, coffee house-like environment. While the feeling of the room was very inclusive, speakers delivered their messages with the passion of Civil Rights champions. The air conditioner was blowing hard and made the room quite cold, but the audience's goosebumps came from the feelings inspired by the performances. South-Lake student, Giancarlo Osorio stole the show with his reading of Barack Obama’s 2008 Inaugural Address, "A More Perfect Union." Shawn Simms, also a South-Lake student, said in regards to the speech, "[i]t spoke to me." Other highlights included Toni Upchurch who fe…

Music therapy, an excellent tool for doing better this semester

By Sarah Oulman For most students, the start of a new semester means preparing for those first important tests and dealing with the stress involved. Music, through music therapy, is an excellent tool for doing better this semester, as it can aid in studying, increase students’ test scores, and reduce stress levels. According to the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy is “the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship.”Several studies have shown just how we can use music to help us get higher test scores, as well as relieve stress.Don Campbell, author of The Mozart Effect, shared a study performed by the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning in Irvine that could prove to be helpful to students. Campbell explained that researchers found that listening to Mozart’s music increased students’ test scores, and there is a direct correlation between music and the brain’s abilities to work. During …

To love and to hate Tom Brady

Take 2 different takes on Tom Brady: To loathe Tom Brady 
By Kevin Kurz

The Super Bowl is just around the corner. For many this means Parties, a halftime show from a pop star usually past their prime, and “cringy” Dorito commercials your dad somehow finds hilarious. But for those like me who watch the game because we love the sport it’s less than a joyous occasion. This is because for another year we're forced to watch 'Mr. Perfect', Tom Brady.
To be fair some of my hatred for Brady does stem from jealously. As a Rams fan, the last time I got to see my team have a winning record was in 2003. Meanwhile, this will the 6th time the Patriots and Tom Brady will have been to the Super Bowl since 2003. However, my distaste for Brady goes far beyond jealousy. I don't hate Brady because he's great, I dislike Brady for how he handles his greatness
Brady comes across as smug, conceited, and whiny. Whether he's demanding other players to pay their respects to him, kicking …

To love and to hate Tom Brady

Take 2 different takes on Tom Brady: Ode to Tom Brady 
By David Vallecillo

With the Super Bowl kicking off next Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons face a team more than just the New England Patriots; they play against the man, the myth, and an NFL legend, Tom Brady. Fans of the games can once again take the opportunity to see the greatest quarterback of all time take the field on the game’s grandest stage.
Making his 6th Super Bowl appearance, it is no question that Tom Brady is considered a Hall of Fame Quarterback after winning the Super Bowl four times and was honored MVP three times. His efficiency in passing, effective leadership on the field, and the fact that the Patriots are always relevant in the NFL make it easier for a novice fan to root for the athlete that always wins.
Tom Brady can be appreciated as a football star, but off the field he is a man that recognizes good deeds after rewarding an Elementary school football team season tickets with field passes for standing up to bull…

Music Fest 2017

By Emily Schmidt Nothing brings people together like the power of music. Right outside of Central Florida and just two hours away from Lake Sumter, lies the warm, swampy Okeechobee Music Festival, which will make the true Floridian in you shine through at this three-day camping festival. The festival features over 100 artists, including Kings of Leon, Bassnectar, and Wiz Khalif; this festival has a little something for everyone in your friend group. Throughout March 2-5th, you’ll be able to enjoy musical gathering that has the perfect balance of relaxing nature and thrilling music, including multiple stages for artist performances, multiple lakes perfect for swimming, and a group yoga session every morning. This relaxing getaway could be just what every student needs before the stress of midterms. Besides making memories with your current friends, you would be able to make so many new friends in your time at the swamp. This is a camping festival, so quarters are tight and you are almos…