Monday, September 22, 2014

Extra! Extra! The Settler Lets You Read All About It

Don't you just hate it when you miss out on the cool things that are happening on campus?
Between classes and busy schedules, staying up-to-date on the goings-on at Vol State can be difficult. Luckily, there's an easy way to make sure you'll never miss any of the top stories that are taking place in the world of Vol State. The Settler, Vol State's student newspaper, is a great way of staying in the loop when it comes to the top stories that affect campus life.
"A lot of people just come to classes and leave, they don't know about the opportunities Vol State has for them — the lectures, guest speakers, and different student activities — that could help them have a better college experience. It's important to know what's going on, so you're not missing out on anything," editor-in-chief Ann Roberts said.
New issues of The Settler are out every Tuesday, and feature a variety of stories reporting on campus events, artwork, reviews, poetry, and the ever-popular word puzzle.
Roberts, who is in her first year of heading the paper, said she and the rest of the editing staff are working to create a publication that is more student-oriented and more fun to read.
"We want more student feedback. We're trying to make the paper more interesting, so if people will tell us what they enjoy, that would be helpful," she said.
After all, The Settler is made by students for students. If you're interested in contributing to the paper, it's easy to get involved. Enrolling in the class gives you credit depending on how many hours you sign up for. By joining the club, you can contribute as your schedule allows. And helping out with the paper isn't just limited to writing. There are plenty of other ways to get involved, such as taking pictures and submitting poetry. 
Another way to get involved is by working on the paper's design, which layout manager Michael Clark said is a great way to hone one's graphic design skills.
"Think of this like a workshop. You come here, and you are actively learning in a co-op. We're all in this together, working towards a common goal," he said.
In addition to bettering one's design skills and becoming familiar with how contributing to a paper works, Clark said working with The Settler is also good for those who want to get more involved on campus.
"It's an excellent way to get to know the school, to get to know teachers you otherwise wouldn't meet, and it's a great way to step outside your comfort zone and do something for the school," he said.
For more information, visit The Settler's Twitter page.
If you're interested in contributing articles, artwork, or other material to the paper, email Roberts at

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