Engineering Club Wows at STEM

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The Engineering Club makes different projects each year for the STEM Festival. This year their projects included two potato cannons, a couple small robots, a tennis ball launcher and a windmill. Their most popular creation, however, was a go-kart.

Students spent 2-3 hours per day for 4 weeks building the go-kart. They had some issues with welding parts onto the frame, but learned how to fix it by watching a few minutes of a video on YouTube, and getting a quick lesson from a student in the Ag Tech building.

“The front wheels kept breaking from the intense stress and power of the motor, so we had to get heavy duty wheels and tires,” said Tanner Ashenfelter. Ashenfelter also added that they had to remove and reposition the motor mount so the motor would fit.

The only accommodations they needed were the tools used to create the go-kart. They figured everything else out on their own. “It was a lot of fun,” said Tristan Kimble.

Ashenfelter said he learned about how small engines and how powerful they are. He said, “I also learned how to work as a team to achieve a common goal.”

When asked how he felt about all the interest in their projects, Kimble said, “It felt great. We had a phenomenal turnout. If we can help raise greater understanding of what is done in our field of study to the kids, we would call that successful.”

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:


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“AHHHH,” the baby goats scream like humans for food. Two Potomac State College students, Kindra Carr and Jacob Dayton, take care of their “kids.”

Carr and Dayton help out during the goats’ “kidding season,” which is the term for when the goats give birth. During the last kidding season, Carr and Dayton delivered 38 goats in 22 hours by themselves.

“It was a tough weekend, but it is by far my favorite memory,” Dayton said.

During this kidding season, a goat named Daisy was born. Daisy was the smallest of the four goats born to her mother and wasn’t expected to survive due to her inability to keep her formula down. To keep her alive, Carr had to tube the formula into her stomach.

“It’s difficult to tube a goat, if you’re not careful you can accidentally tube the formula into their lungs instead of their stomach,” Carr said.

Carr covers the night shift and Dayton takes the morning; they both handle the same tasks on the farm. On a regular day at the farm, Carr and Dayton will feed and water the goats during their shifts. They also give the goats vaccinations. Other duties around the farm include checking on the pigs and working in the greenhouse.

Working on the farm has made PSC feel more like home for Carr who grew up working on her family’s farm.

Dayton enjoys working on the farm because it provides him with a needed break from campus. After dealing with people and classes all day, he feels that it is nice to be able to escape to the farm.

“Sometimes I get along better with goats than I do with people,” Dayton said.





Ed Buckbee spoke at the Davis Conference Center about his days in NASA. Photo by Derek Artimez

Ed Buckbee, a Potomac State College alumnus, described how space pioneers took America to the moon and back to 122 guests at the Davis Conference Center. A journalism and business management major, Buckbee completed his degree at WVU. His colorful NASA career includes attending lunches of Alan Shepard and John Glenn, writing and producing television documentaries and starting the first space artifacts program in conjunction with the National Air and Space Museum.





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:



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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.”


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Edward Brown holds his script for his musical “Rednecks.” Brown is also wearing a red bandana similar to one that the miners would have worn. Photo by Ali Barrett

Potomac State College’s activities program manager, Dr. Edward Brown, wrote his own musical “Rednecks” on the history of southern coalminers in West Virginia.

Brown’s idea for the musical all started with a dream he had. This dream led him to writing the main song “Tallahassee.” After a few songs were written, Brown started to create the dialogue for the musical based off of his research.

“I began researching the coal mining history in West Virginia and came upon the Battle of Blair Mountain. I decided that this was the story I wanted to tell,” Brown said.

The Battle of Blair Mountain is known as the largest labor uprising in United States history. Occurring in 1921, the battle involved over 10,000 West Virginia coal miners. They had armed themselves to fight the coal companies and the U.S. Government in hopes of receiving better pay and working conditions.

Brown said he got the idea for the title of the musical from these miners who wore red bandanas around their necks to help identify themselves.

He said the story has inspired him in many ways. While researching, Brown found the percentage of European immigrants and African-Americans who worked in the coal fields to be interesting. “I feel that I now have a duty to tell this story for the men who fought and died for what we today take for granted,” Brown said.

Brown has recently been working with local theatre director Chris McCabe and PSC music professor Dr. Brian Plitnik to act out the songs and scenes to see how it appears on stage. The PSC theater classes helped bring the musical to life.