Cleveland State Students Participate In TISL

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Pictured from left to right: (front row) Christine Danh, House Representative Delegate; Alternate Senator; Colby Denton, House Representative and Head Delegate; Quentin Murray, Assistant Clerk, AMC3 Competition; Hannah Chamberlin, Primary Senator; House Representative Delegate. (back row) Rachel Bennett, Primary Senator and Shane Delaney, Assistant Clerk, AMC3 Competition.
Pictured from left to right: (front row) Christine Danh, House Representative Delegate; Alternate Senator; Colby Denton, House Representative and Head Delegate; Quentin Murray, Assistant Clerk, AMC3 Competition; Hannah Chamberlin, Primary Senator; House Representative Delegate. (back row) Rachel Bennett, Primary Senator and Shane Delaney, Assistant Clerk, AMC3 Competition.

Cleveland State Community College had several members of its Student Senate participate in the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL) in Nashville.

TISL is a forum for the top echelon of campus leaders and political science students to exchange ideas and express their opinions on state, federal, and local issues. TISL’s General Assembly, which first convened in 1966, meets in the legislative chambers of the State Capitol each November.

“TISL was a great experience, and I would not trade it for anything,” said Quentin Murray, Student Senate president. “It opened my mind to how the government works.”

“I really enjoyed myself while I was at TISL,” said Christine Danh, vice president of Student Senate. “I was able to meet new people and made a couple of friends during my experience when I served as a delegate for the House of Representatives. I am going to do it again next year and encourage my colleagues to partake in this wonderful journey to meet new people and to learn more about our government, as well as to enhance leadership skills. We have freedom of speech and in my opinion, TISL is the best way to express that right we have.”

Dr. Michael Stokes, vice president of Student Services, said, “We’re excited for the opportunity that these students had to go and participate in TISL. The students who have gone in previous years have always enjoyed a great learning experience and have represented Cleveland State well; this year’s group is no exception.”

Colby Denton, Student Senate Parliamentarian, said, “I was representative for the House of Representatives, alongside my alternate representative, Christine Danh. We sat in on the House at different intervals and debated our sides on numerous bills and voted on them, as well. Being the only one in our group to return to TISL, I was asked to be the head delegate and mediate certain roles for our school as a result. 

“My favorite experience at TISL was when we began debate on our school’s own bill, which was TISL 50. Our bill sought to introduce the concept of Planned Parenthood into middle schools, high schools and colleges in an effort to raise awareness on the matter.”



Walk At School Event At Red Bank Elementary Friday

Red Bank Elementary students have been participating in walk to school day events.   On Friday, the 5th graders are doing a surprise "flash mob" dance on the last song at 2 p.m.  (click for more)

Tennessee Releases 2014 State Report Card

The 2014 state Report Card­­­­, posted  Thursday  on the Tennessee Department of Education website, offers users the ability to view detailed breakdowns of last year’s student achievement growth and other important data points. The 2014 Report Card features a variety of tabs including growth or value-added data, accountability, and education climate. A College and ... (click for more)

Chickamauga Lock To Reopen As Soon As Next Thursday

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District  plans to reopen Chickamauga Lock to all navigation traffic as early as next Thursday. An inspection of the upper gate anchorage and a repair plan were completed today. Chickamauga Lock closed on Monday after a routine inspection revealed a crack in the anchorage of the upper gate. Lt. Col. John Hudson, commander ... (click for more)

Downtown Chattanooga Apartment Complex That Brought $3 Million Profit Exempt From Most Taxes Until 2022 Under PILOT

A downtown Chattanooga apartment complex that recently was sold at a $3 million profit is exempt from most property taxes through 2022 under a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement.   No payment of school taxes was included in the deal for Walnut Commons at Walnut Street and Aquarium Way.   The only taxes due on the property for the next eight ... (click for more)

A Vote For Education Is Critical In Tennessee

In a state where just 28 percent of eighth graders are proficient in math and 33 percent are proficient in reading according to national assessments, education is deserving of more attention in 2014 elections. Across the country, more parents are making informed decisions about their child’s education, but for Volunteer State parents without resources, choices are difficult to come ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden In November

As the first day of November arrives today, it is cold enough in my garden to officially certify that fall has fell! There are even signs of ice on the ground but there is a bounty crop of acorns so, in keeping with our monthly tradition, some will get shiny acorns and others will get a chunk of cold ice: A SHINY ACORN for Patriots football coach Bill Belichick for scoffing at ... (click for more)