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Thumbs of the Week: Discussions bring up potent social issues

Staff Reports • Updated Oct 20, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Thumbs up to the Cumberland University for organizing a panel to discuss the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival policy recently rescinded by the Trump administration. Nearly 150 students, faculty, staff and community members gathered Wednesday afternoon in Cumberland University’s Baird Chapel to hear the university president, a state legislator, a philanthropist and an immigrant student from Mexico. Mike Ripski, Cumberland’s chaplain, moderated the event. The panelists were Mike Spalding, Cumberland Board of Trust member and founder of Equal Chance for Education, a nonprofit organization committed to providing college education opportunities to people not eligible for loans or financial aid without regard to race, religion or nation of birth; state Rep. Mark Pody, who represents District 46; Paul Stumb, president of Cumberland University; and Claudia Tepox, Cumberland’s student body president. Stumb felt the forum was an excellent learning opportunity for the campus community and was inspired by those who had the courage to lend their voice to the conversation.

 

Thumbs up to the joint effort of Lebanon High School and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office in organizing a community discussion on bullying. Bullying, responsibility and respect were the common themes of Tuesday’s community awareness meeting at Lebanon High School aimed to raise awareness and curb bullying. The event was a joint effort between Lebanon High School, Wilson County Schools and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office to combat bullying, harassment and suicide. School leaders and officials decided to hold the event after recent complaints and testimonies of extreme bullying and harassment were revealed at the school and online.

 

Thumbs up to the Wilson County Election Commission for helping Georgia with a new voting system. Georgia will test a new election system similar to Wilson County’s this week when early voting opens across the state ahead of the Nov. 7 local and special elections. The city of Conyers, Georgia was selected as the test site for the new system that provides voters with a paper ballot they can check before they cast their electronic ballot. According to the Rockdale Citizen, the system tested is from Election Systems and Software, a company based in Omaha, Nebraska. It is called the ExpressVote Universal Voting System. Welch met with Wilson County Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren to learn more about the new system. 

 

Thumbs up to Sally Ham Govan for having her art on display at Cumberland University. The exhibit was titled ‘Digital Storytelling. The illustrations in “Digital Storytelling” were created using Adobe Illustrator along with graphite drawings. The exhibited scenes represent iconic views of Lebanon; Knoxville; Pasadena, California; the Fort Worth, Texas Rodeo; a New York City sidewalk; and the Knoxville Symphony performing in the Tennessee Theater. 

 

 

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