Issue 557: 11 / 17 / 2014

Bright New Ideas

Pictured are Ashley Shores (center ...

Pictured are Ashley Shores (center in the stripes) and Cassie Richardson (center in red) attending a TISL workshop to better prepare themselves for the 45th General Assembly.

By Southwest TISL Student Media Representatives Cassie Richardson, also of the Southwest Source, and Mary Jean Hall

The Southwest Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL) delegation worked hard on brand new bills to present at the TISL General Assembly held November 13-16 in Nashville.

The proposed bills covered various subjects concerning potential changes of Tennessee law. Each person on the delegation thought long and hard about the issues they would like to bring to light in his or her respective bill(s). The bills are considered innovative and approached the subjects with bright vigor. 

The team presented a total of 10 bills during the TISL 45th General Assembly and was there to a look at a few of them.

The team’s senator, Ashley Shores, compiled a bill that calls to amend the Anatomical Gifts statute by allowing the donation of a decedent’s blood tissue for use in research, education, transplantation, and therapy. 

Elizabeth Tunstall, a house representative, drafted a bill to require that Tennessee’s high school students take and successfully complete a driver’s education course, offered as part of the school’s curriculum, prior to obtaining a driver’s license. Carolyn Wilson, who is also in the House, wrote a bill that would amend the character and values education curriculum currently being taught in Tennessee’s public schools by requiring that the teaching of nonviolence as a means of handling conflict resolution be included in that curriculum.

Natalie Wise, a house representative, wrote a bill to amend Tennessee’s statute concerning the rights of children who are the subject of custody disputes. The bill would allow the children to have a greater voice in expressing to the court their preference as to the parent they wish to have as primary custodian/care giver. 

Amber Selph, a house representative, is sponsoring a bill that would require Tennessee provide its licensed drivers with bi-annual updates on changes in Tennessee laws that affect drivers.

Antonio Burton, a lobbyist, wrote a bill that will be sponsored by a team's representative. The bill will amend the state’s Landlord Tenant Act by requiring that landlords have their rental properties annually inspected for mold contamination by a licensed company, that they also have such inspections on their properties damaged by flooding or significant water damage, and that they undertake repairs of any properties found to have mold contamination. The bill also would pass the cost of repairs on to a tenant found to be responsible for water damage caused by the tenant’s own negligence.

The delegation has been working diligently with their adviser, Patricia Nozinich, J.D., in order to have the best possible bills written for proposal at the General Assembly. 

They’re Arguing for What?

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Pictured from left to right is the Moot Court Team, Carrie Huggins (left) and Dee Owens (right).

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Pictured above (back row, left to right) are Dee Owens and Carrie Huggins at a TISL workshop to prepare them for AMC3.

Witten by Cassie Richardson

Along the regular Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature, there is also an Advanced Moot Court Collegiate Competition (AMC3). Southwest’s AMC3 team is comprised of Carrie Huggins and Dee Owens, students of the Associates of Applied Sciences: Paralegal Studies Department. This Moot Court team, along with their advisor, Patricia Nozinich, J.D., has worked long and hard to prepare themselves for this competition. Below is a brief overview of what goes on during this competition and the case they are arguing by Nozinich.

 Southwest Moot Court Team Members Carrie Huggins and Dee Owens participated as attorneys in a mock appellate setting. The students were required to write an appellate brief as well as present oral legal arguments in a mock appellate court setting. The legal problem has moved through trial and appeal in the lower courts. It now is set for a hearing before the fictitious state’s Supreme Court  (who are also TISL Students). Students participating in this competition will prepare their brief to represent either the petitioner or respondent. During oral arguments, the students must be prepared to argue either side of the case. They are told which side they will argue in advance of each round. Each team will argue in at least four rounds. Southwest’s team is preparing a brief for the petitioner in the case. The problem presented in the case is set out below. Huggins prepared and argued the first issue; Owens prepared and argued the second.

The government busted George Janus, claiming that he was primarily smuggling MDMA at his full-service auto shop rather than tuning up Chevys. Whether Janus will spend the next few years fixing cars at his shop or making license plates in the pen depends on the contents of his cell phone and whether the government obtained that information constitutionally. Janus pleaded guilty but reserved the right to appeal on two issues that are now before the Supreme Court.


  1. Does the “routine booking” exception to Miranda apply to questions about a suspect’s property during the booking process?
  2. Is a suspect protected under the Fifth Amendment from compulsory disclosure of encrypted data from computers and other devices?

There is no doubt that this case will be a doozy to argue on either side, but there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that this team is fully capable of the task at hand because of their hard work, dedication to this competition, and the degree they are working on. When asked about their feelings toward this competition they said, “We feel that this will be a rewarding experience that will bring to life the many facets of the legal processes we learn about every day in our degree.”

"Let’s wish them well in all of their endeavors during this competition," said Nozinich before the students argued their cases.

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TSBDC at Southwest Lauded for Its Service and Economic Impact

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Pictured (left to right) are Small Business Specialist Tyler Moore Jr. (no longer at TSBDC), Associate Director Shaun Bullock, Rory Thomas, Senior Small Business Specialists George Colgate and William Richardson, and Administrative Secretary Yolanda Handy.

Southwest is one of 14 colleges in the State of Tennessee that operates a Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC).  The TSBDC at Southwest has been lauded by the statewide TSBDC Lead Center at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and other area organizations for its service to current and future small business owners in Shelby and Fayette Counties.  As of November 3, the TSBDC Southwest staff and its small business clients have had the following impact:

TSBDC at Southwest was awarded a “Certificate of Excellence” by the City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development in recognition and appreciation for its commitment to excellence and valuable contributions to the Renaissance Business Center.  At a recent U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Emerging Leaders event, Memphis Mayor AC Wharton, Reid Dulberger, CEO of the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE), and SBA Tennessee District Director Walter Perry all expressed their appreciation for the service of the TSBDC at Southwest.

“To receive such feedback from leaders locally and across the state is truly humbling,” said Rory Thomas, TSBDC at Southwest Executive Director. “Yolanda Handy, Shaun Bullock, William Richardson, and George Colgate deserve all the credit for working hard every day to serve the small business community.” Although I received the "State Star" award for Tennessee, I know these four individuals are the true stars.” Visit to meet the staff.

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Southwest Tennessee Community College Wins 12 Noted Marketing Awards

The Communications and Marketing Department at Southwest was the recipient of six MarCom Awards and six National Conference for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) Medallion Awards in the 2014 competitions.

MarCom is an international awards competition that recognizes outstanding creative achievement by marketing and communication professionals.  MarCom Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.  Winners receive Platinum, Gold or Honorable Mention awards.

The NCMPR District 2 Medallion Awards is an annual awards' celebration honoring the marketing and communication efforts of community college marketing and public relations professionals.  Winners receive Gold, Silver or Bronze awards.

The MarCom Awards received were one Platinum award, three Gold awards and two Honorable Mention awards.  The Platinum award recognized excellence for the Southwest Now Magazine Spring/Summer 2013 issue.  The Gold awards were for Southwest Now Magazine Fall/Winter 2013 issue, Student Handbook/Planner 2013-14, and the College’s Website (  The Southwest Scoop Issue 540 (online newsletter) and “Why I Chose Southwest” TV commercial received Honorable Mentions.

Southwest received Gold NCMPR awards for the Digital Class Catalog, Website (, Southwest Scoop Issue 540 (online newsletter), Adult Weekend Degree Program postcard, and Explore Southwest postcard.  A Bronze award was received for our Corporate Training/Continuing Education Fall 2013 class schedule publication.

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Tunes at Noonish

Southwest music students will present Tunes at Noonish on November 19 at 12:30 p.m. in the Union Avenue Theater.  This performance will feature pianists performing the works of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Clementi among others. 

“Several of our students are preparing repertoires for auditions at other institutions and this recital provides the perfect opportunity for them to do so,” said Professor of Communications, Graphic and Fine Arts Charles Pender.

The choir will also perform several spiritual and gospel selections. Music during the midday offers a quick change of pace from the regular class routine.

“Please come and support our talented students,” said Pender.

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Staying Safe During the Holiday Season


submitted by the Department of Public Safety at Southwest  

Holiday Safety Tips


Automated Teller Machine (ATM)

At Home

Strangers at Your Door

Operation Identification

The goal of Operation Identification is to deter property-related crime and to assist the Memphis Police Department in their efforts to find and return stolen or lost property to its rightful owner. Remember the following:


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Southwest Men Defeat Walters and Roane to Remain Undefeated

Johnathan Burroughs-Cook

Johnathan Burroughs-Cook

Briauna Mitchell

Briauna Mitchell

The Southwest men’s basketball team won two conference games over the weekend, at the Verties Sails Gymnasium, to improve its record to 5-0 on the season. The Saluqis defeated Walters State 91-70 on November 15, then beat Roane State 85-71 on November 16. The Lady Saluqis lost both games – to Walters State 76-44 and Roane State 83-70.

Rasheed Brooks scored 18 points to lead four double-figure scorers in the Walters State win. Brooks made five three-point field goals, and also tied for the team lead with four assists. Other top scorers were Jalen McGaughy (16), DeAndre McKinnie (12) and Jimario Rivers (11), while Keion Alexander was the top rebounder with eight. Johnathan Burroughs-Cook scored 16 points, and had four steals to lead the Saluqis past Roane State. Also in double-figures, were Brooks (15), Rivers (10) and Dominic Nelson (10). Rivers and Nelson tied for the leading rebounder with seven each.

Briauna Mitchell, making her Lady Saluqis’ debut after missing the first four games due to an injury, was the team’s leading scorer in both games with 13 against Walters State, and 18 against Roane State. Mitchell made 12 of 17 shots in the two games, including five of eight from three-point range. Against Roane State, LaKyesha Stennis had 13 points, Brandi Whitaker had 11 points and eight rebounds, and Keoshia McGhee recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

The Southwest men will travel to McKenzie, Tennessee, on November 20 to play Bethel University’s JV team.  Both the men’s and women’s teams will play conference foe Dyersburg State on November 23 at the Verties Sails Gymnasium. The women’s game will tip-off at 2 p.m., followed by the men at 4 p.m.

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