Student Involvement Varies Due to Different Reasons

Club activity on campus varies due to numerous reasons. There are 26 student organizations at PSC. Some of the organizations hold events on campus, while others meet regularly and keep their activities within the club. However some other clubs are not as active due to lack of membership.

When asked if she was involved in any clubs on campus, sophomore Angela Keeney said, “No, but I need to be. Between homework, class and work, I don’t have much free time.” Keeney has 13 credit hours, and spends her spare time in the library studying or doing homework. When that is done she visits with friends if she has time.

SGA President Nick Imes believes that our campus needs more enthusiasm and large events to get students excited about being involved. However, sometimes being excited isn’t the issue.

Timothy Woodson, a full-time sophomore who works a job with varying hours, said he would be interested in clubs if there were more that attracted his interest, such as an anime (Japanese cartoons) club.

Other students have more flexible schedules, so they can find time join clubs and participate in activities.

SGA president Nick Imes said he has been involved in many activities within a number of clubs here on campus. Imes is currently helping the Social Justice Club to host oxefam (a demonstration to show how the world works based on your economic status.)

Andrew Day is a full-time, third-year student, resident assistant, SGA member, vice president of the Geeks and Gamers Club and also chair of the Humans Vs. Zombies game. Day said he is involved because he likes to help students see what good things there are on campus. With this being his third year, Day has a flexible schedule that allows him to be involved.

“I wish more students would be involved because that would make better experiences for everyone,” Day said.

Several clubs have been very active this year.

The Circle K Club started off the 2016-2017 year with a few community service and fundraising projects. Club advisor Jay Badenhoop said the club has had some setbacks so they have been conducting business through email.

The Black Student Alliance meets every other Tuesday. The club held Keyser’s Got Talent in the fall and took a trip to D.C Capitol Hill on March 31, 3017. They also went to the D.C. Museum of African American History. The club held activities for Black History Month including a movie night and a trivia game.

The Criminal Justice Club has 12-15 active members that participate in activities and show up to meetings. This year they have helped with the food pantry, painted for the Burlington school and assisted CASA in promoting Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Campus and Community Involvement travelled to Rainelle, WV to work with the Appalachian Service Project to help rebuild and/or repair flood damaged homes from last summer’s storm.

Check out the audio interview about the Queen 2 Queen club below:

AUDIO INTERVIEW

 

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Luke Corbin enjoying a day of fishing. Photo by Tommy Barrett

Luke Corbin broke his neck after diving into an above ground pool. Not realizing the extent of his injury, Corbin spent 11 days riding roller coasters and completing his daily tasks. A chiropractor visit led to an MRI. Test results indicated a broken neck.

 

To hear more about his story check out the audio interview below:

 

PSC MEN PRESENT HISTORY OF HERSTORY

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Everyone’s attention was directed to the elevator door where library staff were taking chairs out for the overflow of people who showed up to hear the HIStory of HERstory presentation.

Potomac State College’s Social Justice Council hosted an event to celebrate women role models. The panel of PSC men talked about the history of influential women in their fields.

Nick Goff, criminal justice instructor, began the evening discussing Sally Yates. Goff explained that Yates had been the attorney general for the United States until she was fired by President Trump for not enforcing Executive Order 13769 (travel ban).

Goff asked the audience if it was appropriate for Yates to deny the order given her experience. Goff argued that Yates lost her job over an unfair situation. However, it showed she had strength to “look the president in the eyes and tell him no.”

Edward Brown, activities program manager, covered Elizabeth Coolidge and Juliette Nadia Boulanger. Both women contributed to the musical world of composers.

Coolidge was a wealthy American who funded composers so that they could have a voice and creative freedom. Boulanger was the most famous classical teacher of the 20th century.

Brown described how everyone in the music industry wanted to move to Paris, France to work with Boulanger. Even though composing is still considered a man’s job, these women helped shape its future.

Brown chose these women because “even though they lived in different places, both contributed to the same art form they loved. Both made my field interesting.”

Greg Ochoa, dean of academic affairs, discussed author, dancer, singer, model and activist Maya Angelou.

Ochoa gave a brief history of Angelou’s life; she had a rough childhood and went to a segregated school. She overcame her past by becoming the best-known author of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Angelou was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010.

Ochoa ended with a story about a time when his children were fighting; he made them watch Angelou talk about love and then write nice things about each other.

Jason Ottley, assistant trainer, chose to talk about the Queen of Sheba. Ottley gave insight that the Queen is featured in many different religious stories.

Based on those stories, Ottley came up with five messages everyone can relate to. First, women are looked down on for asking questions. Second, what you desire in life doesn’t need approval from others. Third, always investigate what you have been told to make sure it’s true. Fourth, be comfortable in your own skin. Lastly, face obstacles, but remain vigilant in pursuit.

Tom Sydow, English professor, closed the panel by defining gender norms and roles through Carl Jung’s persona and warrior archetype. The archetype is turning towards powerful female characters. Some examples of these are Katniss Everdeen from “The Hunger Games” and Buffy Summers from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

HUMANS OF POTOMAC STATE

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Photo by Cody Brazil

“I guess going to the gym makes me happy; it allows me to relieve stress while keeping me in shape. I would say that working out is my comfort zone, but I don’t want to do anything with it for a career … maybe I would be a personal trainer on the side. I would really like to work with computer information systems. I’ve been working with computers since I was in middle school, so I would say I have a passion for them.”

-Interviewed by Cody Brazil

HUMANS OF POTOMAC STATE

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“I love to make other people happy, that’s what makes me happy. Whenever I see someone who is down I try to have a happy atti- tude around them and just make it infectious. I hope to graduate with a Ph.D. in history. I want to go into either research or genealogy. I want to go into those fields because I find history extremely interesting. I love learning where people come from and about their lineage. I like to see history as one big storybook.”

-Interviewed by Cody Brazil

HUMANS OF POTOMAC STATE

 

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“With my degree I want to work with kids and help them grow. I want them to learn how to be successful, well-rounded adults. After I leave Potomac State I want to hopefully find a job in a school environment that I love. I also hope to move away to somewhere with bigger and better opportunities.”

-Interviewed by Kaylee Lambert

HUMANS OF POTOMAC STATE

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Photo by Ali Barrett

“I’m from the small town of Cool Ridge, West Virginia. I came to Potomac State College because it’s small and cheap. PSC was also the only school close that offered a major in pre-vet. But I hated chemistry and biology classes, so I changed to agriculture education. I hope to get my bachelors in agriculture education and my masters in green house production management. I want to be either a high or elementary school teacher. I hope my future students will love agriculture as much as I love it. I still get homesick even though I’m only four hours away from home, and I go home every weekend. I couldn’t live without with my maltipoo. I like to hang out with friends and cheer. I began cheerleading at four years old in an all-star league. I continued it through out elementary and middle school, but I only did gymnastics in high school.”

-Interviewed by Ali Barrett