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How to Pick the Ripest Watermelon

How to Pick the Ripest Watermelon                          By Makou Lin          As Lake-Sumter College finishes off a new spring semester, the summer heat quickly approaches. Staying hydrated and cool will be on every LSSC student’s priority list. What better way to do so than picking a ripe, juicy watermelon!
Essentially, picking the ripest watermelon is key in beating the summer heat and enjoying the season. Here’s some tips to find the juiciest watermelon around:
        Tip 1) Avoid the Pre-Cuts.
Reducing the usage of non-biodegradable plastics, by avoiding pre-cuts, helps the planet stay green and pollutant-free. While earning more for each buck, as pre-cuts are more expensive compared to buying whole watermelon. The cost for buying pre-cuts is not worth it!
         Tip 2) Flick the Watermelon.
One of the most important tips to watermelon picking is listening. Watermelons have this unique sound that vibrates its ripest. By gently flicking the rind (hard outer surface)…

From Parent to Student: A Father's Experience at LSSC

By David Housley

It’s no secret, college can be overwhelming for anyone. Most students at LSSC are employed while taking multiple classes. They then dedicate a few hours each night to studying which consumes the scarce amount of free time they have left. If any student allows even a single day of procrastination, there will be a snowball effect. This effect will cause an inevitable pileup of homework. Consequently, adding young children to the mix turns college life into a high-stakes balancing act, stretching students to their limits. As a parent, I can relate to those students firsthand and sympathize with all the unexpected but costly incidences that occur because of parenthood.
I’ve been a student at LSSC since January 2017. Since first enrolling, I’ve had the additional responsibilities of fatherhood; working full-time and helping my wife raise our two boys who are now three years old and seven months old. While it is not uncommon for LSSC students to have a job, I can say with con…

America’s Farwell To Arms? Molon Labe : A Pro-Gun Editorial

By Garrett Shiflet
In the aftermath of the horrific Parkland shooting, a student-led gun control group has sprung up, vilifying the NRA for lobbying politicians and attacking the private ownership of firearms in general. And whilst I find their activism understandable after going through a traumatic event, it is their beliefs and policies that have made many draw lines in the sand for the upcoming debate and legislation. However, in my perspective, I see that the gun control proposed by these student activists are not what America needs to lessen the bloody death toll of the United States’ shooting problem and are in grave violation of impending on the 2nd Amendment rights of United States citizens which as I will explain why I hold this position.
Let me clear, I’m no AR-15 totting Rambo-wannabe, but another American gunowner who sees a slippery slope that will not end until our 2nd Amendment rights have been revoked, and the very principle for why we even have such a right will be rev…

Students Unite to Ignite Social Rights

By Aaron Hansen        Since the contentious 2016 election, young people all over the nation have been seeking ways to have their voices heard and much of that has resulted in political activism across college campuses.
Most recently, the University of Florida held a multi-media theatre piece called, “Voices from the March” which was put on by the UF College of the Arts, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and the UF Center for Gender, Sexualities and Women’s Studies Research.
        Created from oral history narratives from the Women’s March on Washington along with the students responsible for documenting those that participated, Voices from the March was directed by Jeffrey Pufahl.
       A current student and a former student went on Saturday, January 27th and saw this theatre experience.
       “I loved it. It not only inspired me to participate in marches for social justice, it inspired me as an actor to put my all into our current plays. There was a very positive…

A Call For Help

By Makou Lin        They tell us only to run and hide. For they are armed, and you are not. You must wait in fear until someone comes and saves you. But that’s not TRUE! No situation is certain, and no future is clear. What seems like uncertainty, can be turn to courage. Courage to stand your ground, even in the face of death, can saves lives.
As an LSSC student, every new day is always filled with uncertainty. With dozens of daily visitors, students must know how to react when there is unusual activity on campus. That’s why LSSC has teamed up with ALICE Training Institute, giving the students the opportunity to attend an on-campus ALICE Training: Active Shooter Response Training Workshop. The training workshop will focus on providing students with proper emergency techniques and safety measures against intruders. Instructors will be guiding students through 4 stimulation-based drills, including: run and hide techniques, lockdown, barricading, and countering. Stimulation drill…

ALICE Active Shooter Training Flyer

SOUTH LAKE LEESBURG SOUTH LAKE LEESBURG SUMTER 03/7/18 1:00 – 3:00 PM Bldg. 2, Rm 101 Register Here Password: safelssc2 03/7/18 2:00 – 4:00 PM Student Center, Rm 108 Register Here Password: safelssc3 03/28/18 1:00 – 3:00 PM Bldg. 2, Rm 101 Register Here Password: safelssc1 04/04/18

Why You Shouldn't Drop Out Of College

By KhrystyneBarnett       College is an institution where you aim to receive higher education in hopes of a better life. What they don’t tell you is how stressful college is. College can bring out the worst and best of people. Sometimes the stress gets so bad that students start to wonder if college is really for them.  But, don’t worry; you have made the right decision! 
        College is tough for a reason, and that reason is to prepare you for what your career may entail. College is not only great for preparing, but also hidden with many different opportunities. In fact, opportunities are more present at colleges, then out in the real world. Companies are seeking young driven adults to make the next generation of leaders.
        Colleges also connects you with many different people that come from all walks of life. Meeting these people and becoming friends can help you learn new experiences, new lessons, and be educated about different cultures.
        College can help you m…

What is the Best Way to Live a Happy Life?

By Renata Gomes Martins

The Face with Tears of Joy emoji is the number one most used emoji in the world, according to Apple Inc. Happiness seems to be what we all want to convey; however, do we really know how we can be truly happy? Research shows that the happiness formula is rather simple.
These intriguing questions have been analyzed by psychologists for decades, and Shawn Achor, Psychologist and lecturer at Harvard University, has found the answer. According to Achor’s research, grateful and positive attitudes lead to happiness, which means that the best way to be happy is to be grateful. The idea is simple; we must stop focusing on what we don’t have, and instead, appreciate what we already have.
Thus, to start adjusting your perspective, simply write down three new things for which you are grateful each day. Achor has found that this simple task changes your brain’s chemistry and allows you to look at the world positively. Really, it is just that easy. Gratefulness is the s…

The Customer Isn't Always Right

By Evelyn Salgado

     “The customer is always right.” This dreaded phrase anyone who has worked in the customer service field hates to hear. For some odd reason, our culture has adopted the practice of mistreating retail workers, as if they are not human beings. There is always the story of stubborn customers complaining on why their expired coupons aren’t being accepted. Or the repetitive answer on why the sale from last week isn’t still going on.
     However, we must thank retail workers for putting up with so much. Customer service is something people don’t really understand until they, including you, become a customer service employee. So, it’s always appreciated when you do something small to help make their day a little easier. Many believe that this is a waste of time because “it’s their job”, and while that may be true, we must take a step back and take an insightful look at our own hypocrisy. Faster service cannot be provided if employees are cleaning after you, and things…

Dual Enrollment Conundrum

By Garrett Shiflet
      Dual enrollment students, high school students jumpstarting their college education at Lake Sumter State College. But the question remains where you would take it? Your options are simple, at the high school or at the college. However, keep in mind, dual enrollment at Lake-Sumter campuses can be rewarding experience especially at the campuses with diverse students, excellent faculty, and flexible options.
      Dual enrollment offers many opportunities to meet and acquainted yourself with many different peers. You’re going to be getting acquainted with numerous new peers of varying origins of the counties of Lake and Sumter as well as adult students. In fact, in Spring 2017; according to the Dual Enrollment Research Review, 958 students enrolled total in dual enrollment so you’ll meet plenty at the campus you attend. Students like Sabrina Hilbert who said of her dual enrollment experience so far, “Overall it was just what I expected of higher educational inst…

Flu Prevention

By Makou Lin   Do you know that one person that never gets sick? It’s quite possible that they take precautions against germs. Let this season be the season where you start taking precautions against influenza, commonly known as the flu. Emerging rapidly across the U.S., the 2018 flu has everyone on edge for better hygiene. This year, with more than 30-recorded deaths of influenza by the CDC, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, hospitals have been filling up across the nation - some relying on outdoor health tents to care for sick patients. People must start caring for themselves. As an LSSC student, precautions should be taken everyday to keep their health in the clear. Not only do hundreds of people touch the door handles of the front office, many use the same hands to touch one or more parts of themselves. That being said, classrooms are no exceptions. Sitting down on a chair that someone else has sat on, taking notes on a table with someone else’s food crumbs, and reading c…

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