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McMeans crowned Miss Caprock at 57th annual scholarship pageant http://localhost:8888/?p=19 Tue, 02 Dec 2014 19:39:45 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=19 [gallery ids="23,22,21"] Mollie McMeans, daughter of Bart and Vivian McMeans of Gail, was crowned Miss Caprock 2015. She received a $700 scholarship. Alyssa Gregory, daughter of Bryan and Dana Gregory of Littlefield. She was announced the runner-up. She received a $500 scholarship Sharon Race, assistant professor of English, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the night. Each young lady went to the microphone and announced her contestant number and name, who her parents were, where she is from, and who she represented. When done, each contestant walked the stage in her after-5 dress, modeling the dress while Race went into more depth about the pageant participants, giving the audience fun facts about each young lady. While the ladies were getting ready to model their formal wear, Race introduced the judges for the night. The judges were Aaron Green, assistant professor of geology, Stephanie Allen, assistant professor of speech professor at SPC from 2002-2012, and Ron Spears, dean of continuing and distance education. After the introductions of the judges, the nominees took the stage again, modeling formal wear. While the young women were modeling formal wear, Race told the audience the three words each nominee chose to describe themselves. When the contestants were done modeling their formal wear, they went backstage so the judges could decide the top five finalists. During the wait, entertainment was provided by Rian Castillo, a commercial music student. He played a couple of songs before the judges announced the five finalists. The top five finalists were: Greogry, 19, a freshman Radiology major from Littlefield, representing the Press Club and Plainsman Press; Kyla Daniel, 18, a freshman Social Work major from Lubbock, representing Smallwood Apartments; ReAnna Krapf, 20, a sophomore Nursing major from Westbrook, representing Phi Theta Kappa; Mollie McMeans, 19, a freshman Speech Pathology major from Gail, representing Baptist Student Ministry; and Bonnie Smith, 19, a freshman Education major from Comfort, representing Gillespie Hall. The rest of the nominees were escorted off stage, while the five finalists stayed on stage. The five finalists chose a question from a bowl and answered it to the best of their ability. The finalists were escorted off stage, and Castillo came on stage once again to perform while the judges added up the scores of the finalists, deciding who would be crowned Miss Caprock. “It was so awkward being on stage,” McMeans said, “because it isn’t natural to stand there and smile. But the judges were so sweet, and everyone was so sweet backstage. So we all kind of felt like a family onstage. It was a really good experience.” Other contestants included: Ariana Conner, representing North and South Sue Hall; Hailee Gonzales Diaz, representing the Texan Cheerleaders; Anna Hargrove, representing Stroud Hall; Gabriele Kirkwood, representing Star Center; Maria Nevarez, representing Tubb Hall; Nicole Stewart, representing SPC Band; and Lia 1Wilson, representing Cosmetology. Lauren Hoskins and Morgan King both represented the Law Enforcement Club. McMeans didn’t know if she was going to win or not, but she was excited. “I was very shocked because, I’ve never [been in a pageant before],”McMeans said. “So it was definitely surprising,” All contestants were required to have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 or higher, and must have never been on academic probation.]]> 19 2014-12-02 19:39:45 2014-12-02 19:39:45 open open mcmeans-crowned-miss-caprice-at-57th-annual-scholarship-pageant publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last _wpzoom_layout wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking wpzoom_post_template Views Campus mourns loss of beloved professor http://localhost:8888/?p=30 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:13:39 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=30 Photo courtesy of Wes Underwood/College Relations[/caption]   During his time at SPC, Dr. Yeh was deeply entrenched in the goings-on around campus. He served as faculty sponsor of the American Chemical Society Student Affiliate chapter, and the International Student Organization. He was on the Building and Grounds Committee, the Safety and Health Committee, the Academic Council, and the ADN (Associate Degree Nursing) Admissions/Academic Standards Committee. He also served as a judge for the UIL Science Contest and the South Plains Regional Science Fair. He was a member of the American Chemical Society, the Texas Community College Teachers Association and the National Science Teachers Association. “He has produced successful chemists, pharmacologists, and there are, hopefully, some of those students that sat in his class and said I want to teach just like Dr. Yeh,” said Dr. Sharp. Dr. Yeh, originally from Taiwan, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Fun Jen University in Taipei, Taiwan. After obtaining his undergraduate degree, he joined the Marines and achieved the rank of Second Lieutenant. In 1981, Dr. Yeh attended Texas Tech University, where he received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Chemistry in 1986. Before teaching at SPC, he taught at Texas A&M University at Kingsville for a year. He was named Teacher of the Year twice, first by faculty and then by the student body. In 2007, he received the Faculty Excellence Award. "He was a strong, strong father and husband" said Dr. Sharp. " I know his passing is a big hole in that family." Dr. Yeh is survived by his wife, Cheng-chih Hsieh, and his two sons, Shao- Lon Yeh, 14, and Shao-Min Yeh, 11. “It’s a tremendous loss for South Plains College,” said Dr Sharp. “Someone with that much expertise and knowledge, that's a big hit for the college.”]]> 30 2015-02-06 17:13:39 2015-02-06 17:13:39 open open campus-mourns-loss-of-beloved-professor publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking Views _thumbnail_id Loss of admired music professor affects college http://localhost:8888/?p=34 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:22:31 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=34 Joe Carr photo credit Wes Underwood/College Relations Joe Carr photo credit Wes Underwood/College Relations[/caption] “He developed the Irish ensemble and Western Swing program,” Alan Munde, a long-time friend and former musical partner of Carr's, explains. “Both were very successful in attracting students and training them in those musical genres in very meaningful ways.” It was in 1984 when Cary Banks saw Carr perform for the first time and quickly recognized how unique of a person he was. “He was such a nice guy, and so genuine and just really talented,” says Banks, assistant professor of commercial music at SPC. “One of the things that stood out about Joe was his absolute humor. He was a funny guy. He was witty, and clever and extremely talented.” Banks continues, “He could come on stage, and it didn’t matter what kind of event it was, he made the audience believe he knew all of them personally, and that they knew everyone on stage.” Carr being able to interact with the audience so naturally also helped when he developed Camp Bluegrass, a program where people worldwide could come to SPC and spend a week in the summer learning the music from Carr and Munde. “When people found out they could go to school and study with them,” Banks explains, “they would come from all over the world and stay for more than a year.” Part of why Camp Bluegrass was so successful is because of how Carr always made people want to come back for more. “He ran that and charmed and entertained all those people year after year,” says Ed Marsh, professor of commercial music at SPC. “Some of those people came back nine or 10 times in a row.” Along with being a multi-talented musician, Carr was also a great teacher who made an effort to connect with all of his students. “He was an expert musician and a great teacher and really had a special rapport with his students,” says Munde. “They all, without fail, loved Joe and learned a great deal from him.” Munde adds, “We have many players who are at some level in the progression who credit him with a lot of the expertise. They give him a great deal of credit for helping with their successes.” Once Carr got diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, the people around him started to notice the difference. But, they also noticed how it wasn’t stopping him from doing what he loved. “As it got progressively worse, it finally became where he just couldn’t play,” Banks explains. “It never stopped him. I never heard him complain one time about having that devastating disease.” Even with his illness, Carr was still able to teach his students to the best of his ability. “His musical skills, physically, were deteriorating,” Munde explains. “But he continued for many years after that teaching just through the words he spoke and music he played for his students.” Carr accomplished many incredible things in his life, including the founding of the International Bluegrass Music Association, from which he got awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award in 2008, and also published about 20 different instrumental instruction books with Mel Bay Publications. “He will be sorely missed,” says Banks. “Everyone that knew him loved him. You can still feel his presence here, but I just miss seeing him and talking to him.” Marsh adds, “Our kids played together in diapers, so I know him and I love him, and I miss him very much.” The loss is also hard on his students, as Marsh says Carr continued to teach right up until he passed away. “The students worship him,” says Marsh. “They still can’t talk about him without a tear in their eye.” According to Munde, some of his students say some of his best teaching came when he couldn’t play at all. “I’ve talked with many people,” says Munde, “and they talk about some of the best instruction they got on their instruments was from Joe at a time when he couldn’t play at all. He was able to communicate so well and so meaningfully that just verbally was still a wonderful experience.” Hartin adds that while Carr was eligible for full teacher retirement once he got diagnosed, he decided against it. “Sometimes the good Lord just gives some people a little bit of extra talent,” says Hartin. “That was sure the case with Joe. He was the best husband, father, teacher, musician. Anything Joe did was great. He worked even when he couldn’t play, he was still teaching those classes, and people loved him.” Carr left a lasting legacy at SPC, one that will surely not be forgotten anytime soon. “He meant a lot to me for sure,” says Munde. “He meant a lot to the program, to the students he taught and to the faculty he worked with. They were all 110 percent Joe Carr fans.”]]> 34 2015-02-06 17:22:31 2015-02-06 17:22:31 open open loss-of-admired-music-professor-affects-college publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking Views _thumbnail_id Police distrust growing in society http://localhost:8888/?p=38 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:33:03 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=38 (Editor’s note: This story is the first part of a multi-part series, “Police State,” examining the state of distrust toward police officers that begins in Issue #1 and will continue through Issue #6. Several staff members took it upon themselves to interview, take photographs and conduct research. The results of their combined efforts follow.) (Editor’s note: This story is the first part of a multi-part series, “Police State,” examining the state of distrust toward police officers that begins in Issue #1 and will continue through Issue #6. Several staff members took it upon themselves to interview, take photographs and conduct research. The results of their combined efforts follow.)All it took was a single bullet.[/caption] On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown was shot by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. The circumstances of the shooting quickly began a series of protests, movements and demonstrations around the nation. The outrage was caused mostly by two factors that stood out in the case, which is that Brown was an unarmed when he got shot and possibly facing away from Wilson, and that he was African American and Wilson is white. Shortly before his death, Brown stole cigars and shoved the clerk of the store, which people were calling “strong-armed robbery.” Wilson was notified by dispatch and given a description of Brown and his friend and stopped them when he saw them walking down the street. Evidence also shows there was a physical altercation between Wilson and Brown, with Brown allegedly being the aggressor before Wilson was able to get the upper-hand. Regardless of what happened, the fact still remains which is that people are outraged by the possible use of excessive force that led to Brown’s death. While people were quick to protest and crowd the streets of Ferguson, police were also quick to respond by bringing in armored vehicles, arresting protestors and journalists on various charges, including resisting arrest, and, according to the Huffington Post, firing tear gas at protesters hours before curfew. Another similar case was that of Tamir Rice, a 12-year old from Cleveland, Ohio. On Nov. 22, 2014, police received a call that there was a “young black male” pointing a gun at people at the city park. The caller added that the gun was probably fake, but still scared him. The gun was an Airsoft toy with the orange safety feature missing, but this wasn’t found out until after Rice had already been shot by the responding officers, one of which had been previously deemed unfit and emotionally unstable for duty. The two officers, Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, reported that they arrived at the park and approached Rice while telling him to put his hands up. When Rice reached in his waistband, one of the officers fired the two shots, one of which fatally hit Rice in the torso. [caption id="attachment_40" align="aligncenter" width="464"]Photo Illustration by JAYME LOZANO/ PLAINSMAN PRESS Photo Illustration by JAYME LOZANO/ PLAINSMAN PRESS[/caption] But, a surveillance video was released by police on Nov. 26 that tells a different story. The two cops pull up right beside the gazebo that Rice was sitting at, and at a face speed. Loehmann then jumps out of the car and immediately starts shooting. After Rice was shot, neither officer administered first aid, leaving Rice lying there for four minutes before anyone treated him. The whole incident lasts about two seconds, with there seemingly not being any time for them to tell Rice to put his hands up, let alone carefully assess the situation. Much like Brown’s case in Ferguson, there were protests and anger throughout the community, but not to the extent that was in Ferguson. However, Nov. 25, a day after a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson for Brown’s case, the protests in Cleveland grew. Another case is that of Eric Garner, a 43-year old father in New York, whose death was recorded by his friend Ramsey Orta. On July 17, 2014, Garner was approached by officers attempting to arrest his on suspicion of selling single cigarettes from packs without tax stamps. Garner argued with the cops that every time they see him, they harass him and he was tired of it and was recording saying, “Please, just leave me alone.” Officer Justin Pantaleo attempted to handcuff him, but Garner said, “Don’t touch me, please,” before swatting his arms away. Pantaleo then put Garner in a chokehold from behind, and after more officers surrounded him, Pantaleo then pushed Garner’s head down onto the sidewalk. Garner can be heard saying, “I can’t breathe,” multiple times while lying face down on the sidewalk before he is shown laying handcuffed and motionless for several minutes before an ambulance arrived. One officer told the already-unconscious Garner to “breathe in, breathe out,” but other than that, none of the present officers attempted to resuscitate Garner. As of Dec. 3, 2014, the United States Department of Justice launched an investigation into the death, but Pantaleo has been able to stay on desk duty. Al Sharpton arranged peaceful protests, and NBA players such as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and NFL player Reggie Bush, along with other athletes, started wearing shirts that said, “I can’t breathe,” during warm-ups to show their support of the protests. These are just three examples, but they are the ones that have brought the outrage into the forefront of the nation. Things remain to be seen about if police protocol might change or how cases such as these can be avoided. But one thing is for sure, and that is people aren’t standing for what they see is mistreatment by police, leading the nation to what might be the next Civil Rights Movement.]]> 38 2015-02-06 17:33:03 2015-02-06 17:33:03 open open police-distrust-growing-in-society publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking Views High School students visiting SPC for preview of campus life http://localhost:8888/?p=43 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:44:27 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=43 43 2015-02-06 17:44:27 2015-02-06 17:44:27 open open high-school-students-visiting-spc-for-preview-of-campus-life publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking Regents hear plans for new classes in East Lubbock with Texas Tech http://localhost:8888/?p=45 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:46:02 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=45 45 2015-02-06 17:46:02 2015-02-06 17:46:02 open open regents-hear-plans-for-new-classes-in-east-lubbock-with-texas-tech publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking Annual Scholarship gala raising funds for students http://localhost:8888/?p=47 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:48:39 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=47 th Annual Scholarship Gala. The event, presented by the directors of the SPC Foundation and the Board of Regents at SPC, is set for Feb. 28 at the Physical Education Complex on the Levelland campus. Doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. A five-course gourmet dinner will be served, followed by live entertainment featuring Heath Wright, lead singer of the band Ricochet and an SPC alumnus. A silent auction, as well as a live auction, will be held along with raffles. The Gala does not always have a live musical performance, but the committee likes to maintain current faculty, current students, or alumni as the entertainment for the night. The 2015 recipients of the Pacesetter Award are The J.T. and Margaret Talkington Foundation and G and C Contracting, both of which are recognized for their exemplary support to SPC. The Talkington Foundation recently gifted SPC $2 million, according to Julie Gerstenberger, director of Development at SPC, and G and C Contracting has had a long history with Levelland as a whole. One of the owners of this company, Ken Williams, is on the Board of Regents and also serves on the scholarship foundation. “It is not always monetary philanthropy (that is recognized),” Gerstenberger says, “it is often time and effort as well.” The Gala host is City Bank Texas, and the Underwriting Sponsor will be Great Western Dining. Tickets are still available for purchase, and 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to student scholarships. “The donations and support from all of the benefactors mean a lot to the students as well as the faculty and Levelland’s community,” said Gerstenberger. “The support doesn’t go unappreciated.” For more information or to purchase tickets, call the SPC Development Office at (806) 716-2019.]]> 47 2015-02-06 17:48:39 2015-02-06 17:48:39 open open annual-scholarship-gala-raising-funds-for-students publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking Tattoo convention showcases unique works of art http://localhost:8888/?p=49 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 18:00:42 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=49 Anthony Megallon tattooing at the Lubbock Tattoo Convention at the Civic Center on Jan. 30 SKYLAR HERNANDEZ/ PLAINSMAN PRESS Anthony Megallon tattooing at the Lubbock Tattoo Convention at the Civic Center on Jan. 30 SKYLAR HERNANDEZ/ PLAINSMAN PRESS[/caption] Not only were tattoo artists coming to get to show off their work, but makeup artists, cosmetics artists, and photographers were represented as well. “I’ve been tattooing for four years now, and my second year I jumped on the convention circuit," explains Diaz. "I really wanted to network to get my name out there and not just in Lubbock." Sometimes people can be scared of having tattoos or of being discriminated against because of what they put on their body, according to Diaz. Sometimes people can jump to conclusions about a person because he or she gets tattoos. “I just wanted to open up people’s opinions on tattoos," explains Diaz. "Some people don’t want to be tagged as those type of people. But if you go to a convention, different types of people come in, such as doctors, families, middle class, and college students coming to look at the art, or to get some art on them." Diaz got his inspiration from the tattoo conventions that he attended, seeing their flaws and great things about them as well. When he began brainstorming about the tattoo convention, he involved his wife and  partnered with Raymond Hernandez, a fellow tattoo artist from Compton, California, who also coordinates other tattoo conventions, including some around Texas such as Odessa, Killeen, and South Padre. The convention also had all sorts of competitions people could participate in to either win prizes or get a free tattoo. Even the tattoo artists had their chance to get in on all the fun. They were able to put their art into the competitions and win trophies for their art. Kids also got involved in the Kid’s Choice Award, getting to choose which of the tattoos they liked best and thought was cool. Other activities for kids included bouncers, temporary tattoos, and face painting. “A lot of people were skeptical that it was going to happen," Diaz said. "But when it did, the staff of the Civic Center, and police were all excited that it was happening." Hernandez has been in the industry for 15 years. He got started after one of his friends became famous in the industry. Hernandez usually coordinates four Inkmasters conventions a year, while also attending conventions himself in the United States and overseas. “I love it," says Hernandez. "It never gets old, and it gives me the freedom to do whatever I want to do with my family. When I first quit working in the oil field, my family was scared. They did not know how I was going to provide for my family. All I said is if my friend could do it, I could do it too." Hernandez usually tries to attract artists from all around to his conventions, such as artists from Japan, Puerto Rico, and Europe. He met Diaz at one of his shows, and Diaz wanted him to bring the show to Lubbock. It took him a year to decide that he did want to do a show with Diaz. “We had to jump through hoops just to put this one on," says Hernandez. "It's much better having people being coordinators of the events, because we can have time to be with our families.” More and more people are becoming tattoo artists as the industry has grown during the past decade. “What we tell people is go to college and get an art degree," Hernandez says.  "Do everything you can in art, and then if you want to become an artist, I would personally advise you to do that first." There are plans already in the works to bring the tattoo convention back to Lubbock, making it bigger and bigger every year.]]> 49 2015-02-06 18:00:42 2015-02-06 18:00:42 open open tattoo-convention-showcases-unique-works-of-art publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking Annual Homecoming event set for Feb. 23 http://localhost:8888/?p=52 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 18:01:57 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=52 52 2015-02-06 18:01:57 2015-02-06 18:01:57 open open annual-homecoming-event-set-for-feb-23 publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking Alamo Drafthouse releases' the Interview' despite hacker threats http://localhost:8888/?p=54 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 18:10:41 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=54 the-interview “We intended to play it from the get-go,” says Robert Saucedo, the programming director for Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Houston, El Paso and Lubbock. “We had a giant poster on the side of our building advertising that we were playing it. So when the studio pulled it from release, we were a little disappointed. But there was nothing much we could do.” Saucedo explains that the theater had plans to show other films before they got a call from Sony saying they would be able to show the film after all. They immediately rushed to put the screenings on sale, get it on the schedule and let people know they would be showing the film. “It was important for us to do that,” Saucedo explains. “We’re fans of Seth Rogen and James Franco. We like their movies as a company; we like them as artists. But it was also important that we are supporters of art that has been censored.” Saucedo continues, “The Drafthouse has a long history of supporting films that won’t otherwise be supported by other theaters. We want to make sure people have a chance to see the movies they want to see. So ‘The Interview,’ regardless of the fact that it’s a huge studio picture with big Hollywood stars, it's just as important to show as it would be to show an art house film that was denied a release because of the content or the filmmakers.” Tickets for the film were being purchased right away, and according to Saucedo, people were even planning on driving to Lubbock from as far away as 100 miles just to be able to see it before Sony put the film on demand as well. “The response was really strong,” says Saucedo. “We had sold-out shows for most of our screenings, and had about four screenings a day. I would say all but three or four were sold out.” There was still a concern about the threats, though, and while the employees for Alamo Drafthouse learn about audience safety anyway, the theater did take an extra step to ensure safety. “We took precautions and consulted with law enforcement officials, both in Lubbock and statewide officials,” Saucedo explains. “We got some great feedback on what we could do to be a little bit safer, and we took those precautions. But, I don’t think we were ever really in true fear of anything happening.” While some people still aren’t very fond of the film, Saucedo says there wasn’t much negative feedback from screening it. “That’s the freedom of Americans," says Saucedo. "They chose to stay home, and that’s fine. There are some people who aren’t fans of Seth Rogen and James Franco and would rather we not show the movie just because of taste reasons. But, ultimately, we didn’t get any serious feedback from anybody who felt it was a bad choice as far as safety goes.” “The Interview” definitely caused a lot of controversy, and Sony is still dealing with the aftermath of the hack. But Saucedo says it was important for them to show the film in Lubbock, because it’s what the fans wanted. “We feel like we’re a movie theater for movie fans,” says Saucedo. “For something like ‘The Interview,’ where a lot of people really wanted to see it and they weren’t going to have a chance to see it otherwise, at least as far as we knew when we were booking the film, we knew that was something we had to do. We had to give Lubbock film fans a chance to watch that movie.”]]> 54 2015-02-06 18:10:41 2015-02-06 18:10:41 open open alamo-drafthouse-releases-the-interview-despite-hacker-threats publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking Back Talk: Charlie Hebdo shooting sparks debate about free speech http://localhost:8888/?p=57 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 18:35:53 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=57 Freedom of speech must be exercised with some caution. [caption id="attachment_63" align="alignleft" width="115"]IMG_9085 by JOSH HAMILTON Editor-in-Chief[/caption] Hindsight, it is said, is 20-20. This might be a commonly used phrase when you mess up with a significant other or flub a job interview. On this occasion, it is being used now reguarding the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. As most people are aware, on Jan. 7, 2015, two heavily-armed men forced their way into the offices of Charlie Hebdo and proceeded to ruthlessly massacre 12 people and severely injure 11 more. This attack was in response to the magazine’s publication of editorial cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad. The Quran does not specifically forbid the image of Muhammad, but some Islamic groups have strong feelings about the image of their prophet being published. This attack is not the first for Charlie Hebdo. In late 2011, the office of Charlie Hebdo was firebombed in response to an issue featuring Muhammad as the editor-in-chief, and an illustration of him of the front page saying, “100 lashes of the whip if you don't die laughing.” Violence is never the answer to anything. It is evil and vile to hurt people in response to a harmless cartoon. There is no justification for what these men did. There is a special type of hell for people such as the men who attacked Charlie Hebdo. Support for the survivors of Charlie Hebdo has been coming from every corner of the world. Freedom of speech is a great cause to support. When Charlie Hebdo published images of a prophet from one of the largest religions in the world, they were exercising that right. Freedom of speech is the cornerstone to every democracy. It is a wonderful thing. Just like all wonderful things, it is a good idea to exercise caution when using it. When I say caution, I mean, if there have been threats and attacks before about a certain subject, it might be a good idea to use caution going forward. The world is full of crazy people. It seems as though people are reacting irrationally. With publications such as Charlie Hebdo and The Onion cranking out satire aimed at a specific group, something is bound to happen. With a satirical publication, there is always the chance of backlash. You have to know that what you publish will push the boundaries of common courtesy. That is OK, as long as the perceived backlash is within acceptable limits. [caption id="attachment_66" align="aligncenter" width="630"]Photo Illustration by JOSH HAMILTON/PLAINSMAN PRESS Photo Illustration by JOSH HAMILTON/PLAINSMAN PRESS[/caption] Freedom of speech is a great tool for any country. It can help keep the government in check. There is a way to go overboard with it, though. When you directly attack a group without mercy, there should be some caution used. What the men who attacked Charlie Hebdo did is reprehensible. There is no excuse. But freedom of speech should be treated with respect and not used to ridicule certain groups based on a stereotype.
  Violence never appropriate in response to offensive publication [caption id="attachment_64" align="alignleft" width="120"]IMG_9093 by JAYME LOZANO Editor-in-Chief[/caption]   The shooting at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine in France was shocking and tragic, but also terribly senseless. Charlie Hebdo is known for the satirical cartoons that tend to mock politics and religions from around the world. Some might consider those topics to be too touchy for the publication to mock, and that they should be more cautious regarding what they print. But is it really so serious to murder 12 innocent people? The attackers claimed to be part of Al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen, and their motive was because of the publication’s depictions of Muhammad. It's not as if they would be the first organization to get offended over a sacrilegious act such as this. But the right response is to get over it, not commit a mass shooting. Usually, if you get offended by something, the proper response is to complain about it, or do something to solve the problem for yourself. There has never been, nor will there ever be, a time when the solution to being offended is to act out so viciously. Some people might say that something like this was bound to happen because of the cartoons. After all, the publication had received threats and even had been attacked before, but not to this extent. Some might even wonder why people continued to work for Charlie Hebdo once all the threats started pouring in, let alone after the shooting. It’s simply because this tragedy turned into a symbol for the freedom of self-expression. After the attacks, the phrase “Je suis Charlie” became a trending topic on Twitter, was said at the Golden Globe Awards by Jared Leto and George Clooney, and even used as a tribute from the creators of “The Simpsons,” all because people see this attack as what it was, a tragic overreaction. The saying, meaning “I am Charlie” in French, has become the phrase for rallies and marches everywhere as an expression of support, as well as an expression for freedom of speech and a protest against fear. The fact that so many people are backing the publication and mourning the loss of the victims shows that while the publication hit on touchy subjects, the solution is never to murder anyone. Now that the shooting has happened though, people have started to wonder what the publication might do, and if it will stop its more controversial depictions. But it looks like it won’t. They even upped the number of printed copies for the first issue after the attack from 60,000 to about 5 million copies, with all the revenue from the issue going to the families of the victims. That’s the right thing to do, not to give in to this horrible act of terrorism. Had the publication given in and completely changed as a result of the shooting, it would show that if you are offended by something, you can change it as long as you act drastically. That’s not the message that needs to get across here. The message being sent is that even if something this terrible were to happen again, people will put up a unifying front to show they won’t be dictated by fear. So let this be a lesson: If you’re offended by something, handle it the right way and maybe even just suck it up. Violence is never the answer.]]>
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Recent plane accidents raise questions http://localhost:8888/?p=68 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 18:39:40 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=68 Jennifer Garza Opinion Editor Jennifer Garza
Opinion Editor[/caption] Imagine watching TV when breaking news cuts across your regular programming and in big, bold letters it says,” American Flight 137 has gone missing with 148 passengers on board.” It becomes worrisome to the viewer, because what if there was someone they love aboard that plane today? On Feb. 4, I had gone into Lubbock to get gas on Avenue A, when all of a the sudden we saw flashes of light behind us and all the lights are going out. My father had thought it was lightening hitting a transformer or something of the sort. My family had found out later that a plane had hit the KCBD television tower and crashed. T he tower fell into a nearby field, and the plane had crashed as well. It could have been much worse than what it was. I began wondering about all the planes that have been in and out of the news during the past year. What is happening to these planes that they are either crashing, or disappearing, never to be seen again? Are they malfunctioning? Is it the weather, or are the pilots at fault? Recently, I have had an obsession with Amelia Earhart, who was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She and her plane disappeared in July of 1937. To this day, there has been no sightings of her or her plane. 244DCB9E00000578-2889122-image-a-5_1419802786375 I began asking myself what could have gone wrong with her plane? Could there have been a malfunction to the plane? Could she have died on an island near where she took off, or was she and her plane lost to the sea? There have been many other planes that have gone down or disappeared throughout history, but I believe something is causing these planes to either crash or disappear into the sea. It could be faulty machinery, or crazy weather. Many of these same questions are probably asked by the family of the victims who lost someone dear to them. What has to happen for us to find out what is causing these incidents involving these planes? More than a century ago, the Wright brothers only flew the first-ever powered airplane for 12 seconds and a total of 120 feet. Through the years, advancements have been made to the airplanes to not only make it safer but to remain in the air longer to get to a destination safely. Now it seems that planes are in the news more and more. What has to happen to help change these outcomes, to have less fatalities and less disappearances? What happened to these advancements they made for the safety of the passengers? What can help change this may be better machinery, having pilots train in all kinds of weather, or even create a plane that could still protect passengers if there is a crash. I personally would love for our world to be a perfect place where no planes disappear, crash, or are shot down. But at times like these, when there is death and catastrophes on a daily basis, it helps me see that it is not at all like this. Hopefully, one day in the future I can say I am going on a plane and I will reach my destination safely. But for now, I personally will keep both feet on the ground.  ]]>
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Academy Awards too close to call across all categories http://localhost:8888/?p=71 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 18:44:07 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=71 Jayme Lozano Editor-in-Chief Jayme Lozano
Editor-in-Chief[/caption] It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right, all the holiday stuff is over, and it’s award shows season! With Feb. 22 just around the corner, the Academy Awards is shaping up to be the biggest one. But just to address the elephant in the room, yeah, there were a lot of snubs this year. For starters, just about everyone was shocked when “The Lego Movie” wasn’t nominated for Animated Feature Film. Of course, director Phil Lord brushed off the snub by making his own Oscar out of legos and posting it on Twitter. But it was still disappointing nonetheless. Channing Tatum should have been nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Foxcatcher,” especially seeing as how Mark Ruffalo got nominated when his role in the film was smaller. “Foxcatcher” depended on how well Tatum could hold his performance on his shoulders, and he did it. There are four big directors that are missing from the Best Director category, including Angelina Jolie for “Unbroken,” David Fincher for “Gone Girl,” Clint Eastwood for “American Sniper” and Ava DuVernay for “Selma.” It’s not surprising that DuVernay and Jolie were missing from this category, considering that both “Selma” and “Unbroken” were barely a second thought for the bigger categories. They did get what feels like pity nominations, with “Selma” being nominated for Best Picture and Best Song, but not a Best Actor nomination for David Oyelowo. “Unbroken” was nominated for Best Sound Editing and Sound Mixing, so there’s that. Gold Trophy ca. 2000 In Eastwood’s case, it doesn’t make sense. “American Sniper” is nominated for Best Picture and Best Actor, along with several others, and rightfully so. This is one of Eastwood’s best films, which makes it that much harder to believe that he isn’t nominated for Best Director. For Fincher, “Gone Girl” was ignored for everything except Best Actress for Rosamund Pike. Not for Best Director, Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Music, Sound Mixing or Cinematography. Absolutely nothing. But enough about who should have been nominated for what, let’s look at who was. For Best Director, there is Alejandro G. Inarritu for “Birdman,” Richard Linklater for “Boyhood,” Bennett Miller for “Foxcatcher,” Wes Anderson for “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and Morten Tyldum for “The Imitation Game.” All the directors are worthy of the nomination. But there are two directors who stand out, Linklater and Inarritu. While I’m not a big fan of “Boyhood,” I can give credit where it’s due and say that his vision for the film was ambitious. On the other hand, “Birdman” was beautifully directed and made to look like one continuing shot. It had such clean transitions that it didn’t feel as though you were watching a movie so much as you were backstage seeing everything for yourself. I could see either director winning, but I think it should be Inarritu. The Best Supporting Actress nominees are Patricia Arquette for “Boyhood,” Laura Dern for “Wild,” Keira Knightley for “The Imitation Game,” Meryl Streep for “Into the Woods” and Emma Stone for “Birdman.” Arquette’s performance was one of the only admirable aspects of “Boyhood.” She easily stole the scenes she was in because of how powerful her presence was on screen. She was so impactful that I would be shocked if she didn’t win, but she definitely will. For Best Supporting Actor, there is Robert Duvall for “The Judge,” Ethan Hawke for “Boyhood,” Edward Norton for “Birdman,” Mark Ruffalo for “Foxcatcher” and J.K. Simmons for “Whiplash.” Hands down, this should go to Simmons. If you take Simmons off of that list, then it would probably be a tough race, with Norton coming out on top. But I just can’t see any of them getting on Simmons’ level. For Best Actress, there is Marion Cotillard for “Two Days, One Night,” Felicity Jones for “The Theory of Everything,” Julianne Moore for “Still Alice,” Rosamund Pike for “Gone Girl” and Reese Witherspoon for “Wild.” It would be one of the bigger upsets of the night if Moore doesn’t win. If she wasn’t in the category, I would say it should go to Pike. But Moore had one of the most heartbreaking and beautiful performances of the year in “Still Alice” and deserves it more than any of the other nominees. The Best Actor category this year is so hard to choose a winner from. The actors nominated are Steve Carell for “Foxcatcher,” Michael Keaton for “Birdman,” Eddie Redmayne for “The Theory of Everything,” Bradley Cooper for “American Sniper,” and Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Imitation Game.” Cumberbatch as Alan Turing is passionate, driven and heartbreaking because of what Turing faced during his lifetime. Cooper was also passionate and heartbreaking as Chris Kyle, but maybe more captivating and worthy of winning by just a percentage. Ultimately, I think this should be the year that Cooper finally takes home his Oscar. However, Redmayne will win it for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking. While I don’t think the movie is worth all the attention it has received, Redmayne did do an impeccable job with his role and deserves the win. Lastly, there are the Best Picture nominees: “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Whiplash,” “Selma,” “The Theory of Everything” and “The Imitation Game.” I can see “Boyhood” winning, even though I don’t understand the hype around it. I love the whole 12-years concept, but that doesn’t matter if it isn’t executed properly. The two that I would love to win, the two I think deserve to win and actually stand a chance, are “American Sniper” and “Whiplash.” These were two of the best films of the year, with compelling performances, direction, and cinematography. With both of them, there were very little flaws, if any at all. But, this year it’s going to “Birdman.” Everything about this film was just too perfect for it not to win. Will “Boyhood” take home Best Picture? Will Cooper just be a nominee for the third consecutive year? What will be the biggest upset of the night? At the very least, we can all be happy that, with Neil Patrick Harris hosting, the 87th Academy Awards will be entertaining.  ]]>
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Parents who do not have children vaccinated cause of recent outbreak http://localhost:8888/?p=74 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 18:49:13 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=74 Josh Hamilton  Editor-in-Chief Josh Hamilton
Editor-in-Chief[/caption] Vaccines will not cause Autism. Boom! I hope that I am not blowing minds here. It is a proven fact that vaccines will not cause Autism. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease. It starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, followed by a rash that spreads all over the body. It can lead to pneumonia, ear infections, or diarrhea. Sounds bad right? Good thing that we, as a society, for all intents and purposes, eradicated it from the population. That is, until one doctor, out of thousands, gave a report that said vaccines were causing Autism. Now it is having a second outbreak, and it started in the happiest place on Earth, Disney Land in California, go figure. People read one report and decide to put their children’s health in danger. We spent the past 50 years eradicating diseases such as the mumps and measles, only to have them come back. This is ridiculous. This is one of the worse examples of people letting fear dictate their lives over reason. The anti-vaccine movement has been going on for longer than it should. There have been people opposed to scientific proof for as long as scientific proof has been around. States are now getting the hint. They are banning children from entering public schools without vaccines. It is sad that the children suffer when this happens, but we cannot let these viruses come back. Before vaccines were introduced into the population, measles killed 530,217 people annually. After vaccines, the morbidity rate fell by 99 percent. You can’t argue with numbers like that. I cannot stress this enough. If you do not vaccinate your children, I will think that you are an idiot. You can think that the government puts things in your vaccines all you want. But when you purposely ignore years of scientific evidence and it leads to other kids getting the measles or some other terrible disease, you are sick. I am tired of opening my web browser to the news in the morning and seeing that some long-forgotten disease has come back. It is a good thing that we eradicated small pox, or else the number of deaths would be so much higher. This might offend people, and I am 100 percent OK with that. When you scoff at 100 years of medical advances, all because you heard from your dealer that vaccines cause Autism, you deserve so much more than being offended.]]>
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MMA (20 of 42) http://localhost:8888/?attachment_id=230 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:10:50 +0000 http://localhost:8888/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/MMA-20-of-42.jpg 230 2015-02-20 19:10:50 2015-02-20 19:10:50 open open mma-20-of-42 inherit 227 0 attachment 0 http://localhost:8888/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/MMA-20-of-42.jpg _wp_attached_file _wp_attachment_metadata MMA (29 of 42) http://localhost:8888/?attachment_id=231 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:10:54 +0000 http://localhost:8888/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/MMA-29-of-42.jpg 231 2015-02-20 19:10:54 2015-02-20 19:10:54 open open mma-29-of-42 inherit 227 0 attachment 0 http://localhost:8888/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/MMA-29-of-42.jpg _wp_attached_file _wp_attachment_metadata MMA (36 of 42) http://localhost:8888/?attachment_id=232 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:11:00 +0000 http://localhost:8888/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/MMA-36-of-42.jpg 232 2015-02-20 19:11:00 2015-02-20 19:11:00 open open mma-36-of-42 inherit 227 0 attachment 0 http://localhost:8888/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/MMA-36-of-42.jpg _wp_attached_file _wp_attachment_metadata MMA (38 of 42) http://localhost:8888/?attachment_id=233 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:11:06 +0000 http://localhost:8888/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/MMA-38-of-42.jpg 233 2015-02-20 19:11:06 2015-02-20 19:11:06 open open mma-38-of-42 inherit 227 0 attachment 0 http://localhost:8888/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/MMA-38-of-42.jpg _wp_attached_file _wp_attachment_metadata Views McDowell discusses recent controversy regarding police mistrust http://localhost:8888/?p=80 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 18:55:06 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=80 80 2015-02-06 18:55:06 2015-02-06 18:55:06 open open mcdowell-discusses-recent-controversy-regarding-police-mistrust-2 publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last McDowell discusses recent controversy regarding police mistrust http://localhost:8888/?p=81 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 19:37:22 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=81 (Editor’s note: This story is the first part of a multi-part series, “Police State,” examining the state of distrust toward police officers that begins in Issue #1 and will continue through Issue #6. Several staff members took it upon themselves to interview, take photographs and conduct research. The results of their combined efforts follow.) (Editor’s note: This story is the first part of a multi-part series, “Police State,” examining the state of distrust toward police officers that begins in Issue #1 and will continue through Issue #6. Several staff members took it upon themselves to interview, take photographs and conduct research. The results of their combined efforts follow.)[/caption] The widespread mistrust of law enforcement has been growing at a high rate. There have been several examples of police-related mistrust in the past year, such as the alleged chocking of a New York man to death by a police officer after the man told him, “I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.” There also was the shooting of an unarmed African American man by a Caucasian police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Just two months ago, two New York City police officers were shot and killed in their car by a man who wanted to avenge the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. These incidents, and others like them, have led to outrage and protests, leaving some citizens feeling unsafe and causing distrust of law enforcement. Joe McDowell, chief of police for South Plains College, says that everyone is going to have an opinion about events such as the Brown case. “My perspective is probably like any other policeman,” McDowell explained. “Until you’ve been that certain police officer during that time frame, you can’t really say what happened.” McDowell says many people play the “race game.” According to him, race shouldn’t be an issue. McDowell couldn’t go into much detail about what he would have done during any of the events that have questioned the actions of law enforcement. “I honestly couldn’t tell you what I would have done, because I haven’t been there,” McDowell says. “I would have thought that I would have done the right thing. But then again, police officers have a split second to decide what to do. It’s like anything else. They may do the wrong thing; they may do the right thing. We just hope they do the right thing.” Becoming a police officer involves training. Police officers in training are expected to possess a reasonable understanding of the legal process, according to McDowell. They are also instructed in the proper handling and questioning of suspects. “[Police officers] have to rely on their training,” McDowell says. “We have to decide to shoot or don’t shoot. We have to take that extra split time to look and see what’s going on and know that you’re going to do the right thing.” During the Brown case, there were riots in the streets. People were protesting because they believed Darren Wilson, the police man who shot Michael Brown, should be convicted. Many people were blaming law enforcement, which fostered mistrust. “Police officers are people just like everyone else,” McDowell says. “We have feelings, and we make mistakes, and we try to do the best we can.” McDowell explains that the people who are not understanding about the Brown case should see Wilson’s perspective of the matter. Some states are in the process of passing legislation requiring police officers to wear body cameras. The body cameras will record video and sounds when the police officer is on duty. The list of the states includes Arizona, California, Kansas, North Carolina,  New Jersey, and New York. In August of 2014, a petition was started on the White House website requiring all state, county, and local police officers to wear body cameras. This law will be named the “Mike Brown Law.” “I think [the bills being passed] is a wonderful idea,” McDowell says, pointing to his body camera. “The body cameras would save a lot of police officers, and it will also indicate maybe a bad officer who did something wrong. You can’t pick and choose what you want to record. I think it should be a law that all police officers have to wear them.”]]> 81 2015-02-06 19:37:22 2015-02-06 19:37:22 open open mcdowell-discusses-recent-controversy-regarding-police-mistrust publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking Views Foreign student travels to Texas on scholarship http://localhost:8888/?p=83 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 19:41:42 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=83 Ksenija Korc in from of the Communications Building on Jan. 27 SKYLAR HERNANDEZ/ PLAINSMAN PRESS Ksenija Korc in from of the Communications Building on Jan. 27
PLAINSMAN PRESS[/caption] Korać attended Frenship High school in Wolfforth when she was 16 years old. Korać explains she enjoyed attending Frenship, and the transition was different from her old school. “Frenship was much bigger than my school back home,” Korać said. “My school had around 400 people, while Frenship had over 1,000. It was really interesting.” Korać’s reasoning for applying for the scholarship was because she liked to travel. She says that she wanted to explore a whole new world to try to experience new things. Korać thanks the American Embassy for her travels. When living in Montenegro, she volunteered to be their alumni. She would help other students become prepared for the testing for the scholarship. Korać had the chance to travel all over Europe, because she had to attend conferences. After studying in America for a year, Korać went back to her home country for two more years. That is, until she decided she liked being in America. She moved to Lubbock, Texas, a year ago. “I finished my junior and senior year of high school,” Korać explained. “And then I thought to myself, ‘I kind of like Lubbock, Texas. I might want to come back for college.’” Coming from a different country, Korać has noticed major differences between Montenegro and America. After moving to Texas, Korać noticed how brown and flat it is. Living in West Texas, Korać experienced the windy side of the state. Back home, however, Korać explains how it is very green in her country. She added that it’s very humid in her country, while in Texas, it’s hot and dry. “When I came to America in the beginning, I would get homesick,” Korać explained. “I would only get homesick if I looked outside. I would freak out because I didn’t see mountains or a lot of trees.” Korać was born in the northern part of Montenegro, meaning she experienced a lot of snow. “It’s funny, because you can go snowboarding, and when you get tired of that, you can drive yourself to the beach,” Korac jokingly explained. “You get the best of both worlds.” Another major difference that Korać has experienced is the food. She explained how there is a lot of fast food in America. “I’m not used to burgers, fries, or cokes,” Korać said. “In Montenegro, we don’t have a lot of fast food restaurants. Everything is homemade, and we have a lot of tradition foods.” She says that they consume a lot of bread in Montenegro. With any meal that is prepared, they have to have fresh bread. They favor meat as well. But she explains they include their meat in traditional foods such as Italian or French. “People here don’t experience tradition meals because they live a fast life,” Korać says. Korać used to have a passion for learning languages. Her native language is Serbian. She also is fluent in Croatian, Bosnian, Macedonian, Spanish, and Russian. She says she took a Latin course, but isn’t an expert in the language. Korać is majoring in biochemistry, with plans to transfer to Texas Tech University in the fall.]]>
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Preparation, time at SPC lead to success for NASA engineer http://localhost:8888/?p=86 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 19:43:48 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=86 Photo courtesy of NASA Photo courtesy of NASA[/caption] From there, he started his job at NASA. The first project that he worked on was the X-38 Crew Return Vehicle, which was later cancelled. “After that, when the Columbia accident happened, I was part of the accident investigation team,” Baccus told the Plainsman Press in a recent interview. “ Then I was a part of the return to flight effort.” During his time at SPC, Baccus says that he found his passion in engineering. “I graduated high school and didn't really have a direction,” recalls Baccus. Baccus is currently working on the Orion Program. The Orion is a vehicle that will be used in upcoming deep space missions. “It's very reminiscent of the Apollo space craft,” says Baccus. The Orion Program is still in testing stages. According to Baccus, it goes through different iterations throughout testing. “We will get the data from one launch and make the appropriate changes,” Baccus says. The first flight of the Orion capsule in December of 2014 was unmanned and went out 3,600 miles, did a full orbit of Earth and landed off the coast of California. During the landing, it had to survive going 20,000 miles per hour and a temperature of 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Baccus’s actual part in the Orion Program deals with the Thermal Protection Systems. This is an integral part of the Orion capsule. It has to be able to withstand the high friction of reentry. Without it, the astronauts would burn in their suits. It takes drive to become successful in a place such as NASA. Baccus says that he first applied to the NASA intern program. It provides a means to alternate school semesters with work semesters at NASA so participants can learn the ropes and work on real engineering problems. Said Baccus of the program, “ It was immensely valuable.” SPC and its smaller, more intimate classes helped Baccus because he had to play catch up after high school. “It was very beneficial to have a good foundation laid when I transferred to A&M,” says Baccus. According to Baccus, in order to succeed in life one has to be able to delay gratification. “It will pay off eventually,” says Baccus. “ Also, when ever someone is working toward their goals, whatever they may be, never give up!”]]> 86 2015-02-06 19:43:48 2015-02-06 19:43:48 open open preparation-time-at-spc-lead-to-success-for-nasa-engineer publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking Views Byrne overcomes stereotypes in career field dominated by males http://localhost:8888/?p=89 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 19:46:52 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=89 Joanna Byrne is the first female diesel lab assistant at SPC   JAYME LOZANO/ PLAINSMAN PRESS Joanna Byrne is the first female diesel lab assistant at SPC
PLAINSMAN PRESS[/caption] Byrne enrolled into the diesel technology program at SPC in the fall of 2012. “I found out South Plains had a diesel program, and I researched," Byrne says. "They had a good reputation, high (job) placement and good words spoken about it.” With SPC being only about 60 miles from where she was living at the time, it seemed like the perfect place for her to attend college. Byrne never let knowing that going into an auto diesel technology field is a “non-traditional” career for a woman stop her. “ I guess if I would’ve come in here straight out of high school, I would’ve been a little more intimidated…," says Byrne. "My dad worked in construction. I was homeschooled, so I spent a lot of time at work with him. So it didn’t bother me.” As a freshman in the program, Byrne was taking on sophomore level courses and succeeding. “I think the greatest moment was when me and my (female) lab partner built our first engine after breaking it all down," Byrne says. "It turned out to be one of the most difficult engines to build.” Byrne graduated in May of 2014 with a associate's degree in Diesel Service Technology and began working at a local auto repair shop until she was offered the full-time position as the diesel lab assistant at SPC, making her the first female in the department. While working at the shop, Byrne was also training horses on the side and was re-enrolled at SPC part-time to begin her pre-engineering degree. “It’s was tough," recalls Byrne. "I was working 70-hour days, and school was starting. So when they offered me this, it was hard to pass up, because I was having to work so much and trying to take courses.” Teaching is something that also comes naturally for her, Byrne says. “I like to teach," Byrne says. "I’ve been training horses for 14 years, and my mom is a teacher.” Although Byrne has not really faced a lot of negativity since she has been in her new position at SPC, she says she has dealt with more discrimination from other women than she has with men. “I couldn’t believe it…," explains Byrne. "They won’t talk to you, or they ask for a ‘real mechanic’ or a man.” Byrne encourages young women going into “non-traditional” career fields to never live up to the stereotypes. “Don’t meet the expectations of those stereotypes," says Byrne. "You’re going to have to work harder and longer, because you have to exceed an expectation. But, it’s perfectly doable.” Many female students are too afraid to enroll into the diesel technology program, according to Byrne, because there are so many males. “I like being able to pick out the girls who are interested and tell them ‘Hey, you can do this too,’" Byrne says. "It’s different for them when it’s me, versus a male instructor telling them they can do it.”]]>
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Generous alum finds relationships best part of community college http://localhost:8888/?p=92 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 19:50:21 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=92 Vickie Wisian sits in her Lubbock home on Jan. 26 ASHTON LAFUENTE/ PLAINSMAN PRESS Vickie Wisian sits in her Lubbock home on Jan. 26
ASHTON LAFUENTE/ PLAINSMAN PRESS[/caption] It seems obvious from her personality that Wisian has a generous nature. For some, giving back does not come easily. But this is not the case with Wisian. Wisian graduated from South Plains College with an associate's degree in music. She went on to attend Texas Tech University, earning a bachelor's degree. But she says that she always felt that SPC was special. Wisian was looking for an opportunity to give back to the college that she loves. She got that chance when she got on the SPC Foundation Board in 2006. “Every student should have the opportunity to have a college degree,” said Wisian. The Foundation Board of Directors raises funds for the purpose of expanding and enriching the educational programs. In addition, the Foundation Board provides scholarships, grants and loans to students. Wisian gives out four different scholarships, including The Vickie Wilkes Wisian Scholarship for First Generation Students, and the Richard McDonald Scholarship for Commercial Music, along with private scholarships for music and her late husband, Elroy Wisian’s, scholarship for business students. “The thing I loved about South Plains,” Wisian says, “was the relationships that I could form and rely on to support me.” Along with serving on the Foundation Board for SPC, Wisian also owns and operates Lynnwood Townhomes, a series of duplexes located off of Erskine Street in Lubbock. Wisian's generosity is ingrained in her. It drove her to volunteer her time and efforts to the Foundation Board. “They didn't ask me to give," said Wisian. "I volunteered to give. It’s not about the money; it’s about building relationships.” Wisian does not only contribute financially to SPC. She is always talking it up to other people. “I go to the grocery store,” she said, “ and I find myself talking to the bagger about South Plains.” Wisian also goes on mission trips to Africa with Circle of Hope Ministry. Mainly Wisian prefers giving to individuals. “I give to people, not corporations,” she says. She feels like she is called to give to those in need. Those who have met her feel better having known her.]]>
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Etheridge enjoys changing lives of students through teaching http://localhost:8888/?p=95 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 19:53:28 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=95 Professor David Etheridge in the green house at the Science Building on Jan.27 Professor David Etheridge in the green house at the Science Building on Jan.27 CHESANIE BRANTLEY/ PLAINSMAN PRESS[/caption] After graduating high school in a small community known as Hobbs, Texas, he took a year off from school deciding, to farm and make a steady life driving tractors. Then he decided to look into enrolling at a college. He then attended Western Texas College for two years, before transferring to Angelo State University, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. When attending graduate school, he was still unsure about college. He decided to branch out and get a job as a lab assistant, which really sparked an interest in biology. Fresh out of college, Etheredge received the opportunity to teach as a lab professor at Midland College for one semester. Although he enjoyed the experience, he decided that wasn’t the job for him. He later found out about a job opening at SPC, where he has been teaching for 27 years. Etheredge had the privilege of accepting the Faculty Excellence 2014 Award from SPC. He was honored in being one of the top instructors who shows motivation and passion for the courses he teaches. “My colleagues are awesome,” says Etheredge, “I have the best department here on campus. They let me just do my job, and have fun.” According to Etheredge, he loves the experience of teaching and being able to see the students look at the living world differently, while also learning to appreciate it. Being surrounded by great faculty and staff is definitely a double bonus, he says. He takes great pride in being the professor of the Wildlife course since 1990. He has taken students on more than 50 different field trips, from Arkansas, to Arizona, and all over Texas. With around 15 students participating each time, the trips consist of collecting, camping, and giving students the overall exposure of being hands-on in the outdoors. Etheredge and his wife, Dr. Laura Graves, who also is a professor at SPC, still manage to keep free time in their schedules. They enjoy attending the SPC basketball games, where they are known to be great supporters of the teams. Away from the campus, Etheredge takes much delight in carpentry and woodwork. He says the motivation comes and goes, but he still manages to break away from busy office hours. In or outside of the classroom, Etheredge says that, he takes advantage of every opportunity to make a change in students’ lives. He tries to surround himself with great faculty and the proper knowledge to do so. “Things have changed over the years in my teaching philosophy,” Etheredge says, “but always I want my students to have a solid foundation of understanding to move on.”]]> 95 2015-02-06 19:53:28 2015-02-06 19:53:28 open open etheridge-enjoys-changing-lives-of-students-through-teaching publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking 'American Sniper' depicts true sacrifices through powerful performance http://localhost:8888/?p=99 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 19:59:02 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=99 99 2015-02-06 19:59:02 2015-02-06 19:59:02 open open american-sniper-depicts-true-sacrifices-through-powerful-performance publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking wpzoom_post_template 'How To Get Away With Murder' entices viewers with complex story http://localhost:8888/?p=101 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 20:00:40 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=101 101 2015-02-06 20:00:40 2015-02-06 20:00:40 open open how-to-get-away-with-murder-entices-viewers-with-complex-story publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking wpzoom_post_template Cumberbatch stuns as Turing in 'The Imitation Game' http://localhost:8888/?p=103 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 20:02:05 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=103 103 2015-02-06 20:02:05 2015-02-06 20:02:05 open open cumberbatch-stuns-as-turing-in-the-imitation-game publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking wpzoom_post_template Weir delivers astounding debut novel with 'The Martian' http://localhost:8888/?p=105 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 20:03:45 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=105 105 2015-02-06 20:03:45 2015-02-06 20:03:45 open open weir-delivers-astounding-debut-novel-with-the-martian publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking wpzoom_post_template Teller, Simmons drum up strong performances in 'Whiplash' http://localhost:8888/?p=107 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 20:05:04 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=107 107 2015-02-06 20:05:04 2015-02-06 20:05:04 open open teller-simmons-drum-up-strong-performances-in-whiplash publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking 'Into the Woods' captivates audience with fairytale twists http://localhost:8888/?p=109 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 20:05:57 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=109 109 2015-02-06 20:05:57 2015-02-06 20:05:57 open open into-the-woods-captivates-audience-with-fairytale-twists publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking Bowen performs exciting show for Lubbock crowd http://localhost:8888/?p=111 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 20:08:45 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=111 Wade Bowen performs at Wild West in Lubbock on Jan. 23. CHELSEA YOHN/ PLAINSMAN PRESS Wade Bowen performs at Wild West in Lubbock on Jan. 23. CHELSEA YOHN/ PLAINSMAN PRESS[/caption] Following that same tone, Bowen sang another one of his popular songs, “Mood Ring” which focuses on how confusing his woman is and how he is never sure of how she feels about him so he solves his problems by buying a Mood Ring for $1.99. In the song Bowen goes through all the color possibilities and their meanings of what she might feel. At the end of the song he realizes that she truly does want him and all is good. Bowen also played some songs that he has written. Bowen introduced this next song by dedicating it to all the people in the crowd who hadn’t been paying attention to anything that was going on the stage that night due to heartbreak. The song talks about what it is like after a breakup and how lost you feel but in the end that feeling is necessary to start new, ‘cause a broken heart is the only way to be set free’. Bowen is originally born and raised in Waco, TX but eventually made his way to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech and get his degree in Public Relations. Soon after that he started a band called West 84 deep rooted in Texas country music and tradition. Bowen’s presence in West Texas is very strong and he is a well-respected and loved artist. The Saturday Night crowd was full of young adults ready to belt out some good ole Texas country songs, two-step the night away and just have a good time with their friends. By the end of the night couples were cuddled up together, guys were looking for the courage to ask that one girl to dance and groups of friends were making sure they had taken enough pictures throughout the night. As Bowen rapped up his last song and walked off stage the crowd was not satisfied. The audience erupted in the well-known chant when an artist is well loved... “Encore! Encore!”]]> 111 2015-02-06 20:08:45 2015-02-06 20:08:45 open open bowen-performs-exciting-show-for-lubbock-crowd publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking First loss sparks winning streak for Texans http://localhost:8888/?p=114 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 20:17:46 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=114 Sophomore Emmanuel Omogbo lays it up against Frank Phillips College at Texan Dom on Jan. 19. DEVIN REYNA/ PLAINSMAN PRESS Sophomore Emmanuel Omogbo lays it up against Frank Phillips College at Texan Dom on Jan. 19. DEVIN REYNA/ PLAINSMAN PRESS[/caption] Three Texans scored in double figures, with sophomore Andre Spight leading the way with 20 points. Also scoring in double figures were Emmanuel Omogbo with 18 points and Brandon Neel with 12 points. The Texans eased past Odessa College 107-86 on Jan. 26 at Texan Dome. The Texans gained a quick lead, sparked by a dunk from Emmanuel Omogbo in the opening seconds. SPC went on an 8-0 run before forcing OC to call a time-out. The Texans dominated on the offensive boards, helping them increase their lead to 17 points going into halftime. In the second half, Odessa came out strong, but the Wranglers were quickly reminded of the first half after the first of three consecutive dunks by Lincoln Davis. The Wranglers continued to battle, but the Texans’ momentum only continued to grow, increasing their lead to 20 in the final minutes of the game. SPC finished the game with six players in double figures. Spight once again led the way with 21 points, while Omogbo followed closely behind with 20 points. Also scoring in double figures were Pat Birt with 19, Brandon Neel with 13, Marlon Jones with 12 and Lincoln Davis with 10 points. The Texans travelled to Midland on Jan. 22. Despite weather conditions that slowed the team's travels, SPC didn’t let that hinder their play. Midland managed to keep the score close for most of the first half, until Birt sank three consecutive three-pointers to extend the lead heading to half. The momentum continued into the second half, with the Texans coming out on top, 107-73. Birt led SPC with 25 points, followed by Omogbo with 24 and Neel with 21 points. The Texans and Frank Phillips Plainsmen put up a close fight on Jan. 19. The score was tied 13 times in the first half, and the teams headed to the lockerroom at halftime with the score tied at 39. The teams continued trading baskets in the opening minutes of the second half, but neither team could pull away. The Texans finally were able to grab the lead and hold on to it for an 88-75 victory. Seven Texans finished the game with double figures. Omogbo, Birt and Neel each had 14 points. Also scoring in double figures were Spight with 13 and Jones with 11 points. Omogbo led the Texans with 26 points in their 92-82 victory against New Mexico Military Institute on Jan. 15 in the Texan Dome. SPC got off to a slow start and went into halftime with only a three-point lead. The Texans entered the second half with a little more fire and were able to increase their lead to 16, until settling for the 10-point victory. Neel and Spight also finished in double figures with 18 and 14 points, respectively. SPC travelled to Clarendon on Jan. 12 to take on the Bulldogs. Omogbo led the Texans once again, putting up a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. SPC got off to a running start and took a 20-point lead into halftime. The Texans continued to increase their lead while shooting 53 percent for the game. SPC sparked their six-game winning streak on Jan. 10 at Texan Dome against New Mexico Junior College. From the tip-off, the Texans were aggressive on both ends of the court. The teams were neck and neck throughout the first half. Tied at 30 with two minutes to go in the half, each team traded baskets trying to gain the momentum heading into intermission. With four seconds remaining, New Mexico pulled ahead 38-35 to end the half. The Texans came out just as intense in the second half, sparked by a quick 3-pointer by Spight. New Mexico fought back and gained the lead, but SPC responded with three three-point plays and a scoring run that put them up by two. With smart play, the Texans increased the lead and finished with a 95-86 victory. Birt had a season high of 34 points. The Texans arrived in Big Spring on Jan. 8 to face the Howard College Hawks. The Texans started the game rocky, trailing 44-30 at the half. SPC continued to fight and gained the lead late in the second half, but Howard pulled off a 78-73 victory. The Texans opened conference play on Dec. 6 against Western Texas College at the Dome. After a sluggish start, the Texans picked up the pace midway through the first half before clinching a 65-46 victory. Four players scored in double figures, led by Spight with 11 points. Omogbo, Jones and Pedro Konofino all finished the game with 10 points. The Texans took on Howard College on Feb. 5 at Texan Dome in a battle for first place in the WJCAC. Results were not available at press time.]]> 114 2015-02-06 20:17:46 2015-02-06 20:17:46 open open first-loss-sparks-winning-streak-for-texans publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking wpzoom_post_template Former college president remembered for distinguished service http://localhost:8888/?p=117 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:29:17 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=117 Dr. Marvin Baker  Photo courtesy of College Relations Dr. Marvin Baker
Photo courtesy of College Relations[/caption] “I got to know Dr. Baker when the college started and when it was finishing its third year in 1961,” Gerstenberger said. “He was hired by the Board of Regents, and to make a long story short, he was chosen by a unanimous choice.” Gerstenberger continued, “I was with him for 33 years. He was a very friendly man, and I and the faculty enjoyed working with him very much. I got to see him as a young man until he retired.” Taking over the SPC presidency, Dr. Baker became the youngest junior college president in Texas at age 35. “He was a nice looking man, and was very impressive to the faculty,” recalls Gerstenberger. “At the time, we only had 13 faculty members, and we only had five original buildings on campus. He was easy to work with. He was very interested to know the faculty and department heads at the time. After we got to know him, we found out that he would get us to identify what we wanted to do.” Dr. Baker already had ideas of what he wanted at SPC. “When he came, he had a vision already,” said Gerstenberger. “He had a good background, and he had vision. His vision as early years went by was to become known by the motto, “Dreams Precede Realities.” That dream materialized during the next 33 years that he was at SPC.” Dr. Baker’s presidency changed SPC forever. During his term as president, he helped build more buildings for the college, and the educational program was expanded greatly. He introduced 12 occupational and career programs, along with a growing staff of 290. “One of the interesting things about him is that he was a builder,” Gerstenberger explained. “He was a math major. He identified what the different departments needed to grow and bring in more students. During that time, we only had one classroom building, which was the Administration Building. In the next 33 years, he had accomplished building 42 buildings and facilities. That was phenomenal!” Dr. Baker worked frequently with the Texas Legislature, helping to develop a funding program for all junior colleges. “He was focused on quality education and keeping that at an affordable price,” said SPC President Dr. Kelvin Sharp. “He believed every person should have an opportunity to reach their dream.” A memorial service for Dr. Baker was held Feb. 20 in the Sundown Room of the Student Center on the Levelland campus. “[Dr. Baker] talked to Earl Gerstenberger prior to his passing,” Dr. Sharp said. “He wanted the memorial service here at the college because of the friends that he and his wife have had when they were here.” Friends, family, and SPC will not forget what Dr. Baker has done. “I admire the man for what he’s done here as to getting SPC started,” Dr. Sharp explained. “Some of things we see are still from the foundation he established, and we are very lucky to have a man like that lead us for so long.”]]>
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Body Cameras Added to uniforms of select Lubbock police officers http://localhost:8888/?p=121 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:38:15 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=121 (Editor’s note: This story is the first part of a multi-part series, “Police State,” examining the state of distrust toward police officers that begins in Issue #1 and will continue through Issue #6. Several staff members took it upon themselves to interview, take photographs and conduct research. The results of their combined efforts follow.) (Editor’s note: This story is the first part of a multi-part series, “Police State,” examining the state of distrust toward police officers that begins in Issue #1 and will continue through Issue #6. Several staff members took it upon themselves to interview, take photographs and conduct research. The results of their combined efforts follow.)[/caption] Red and blue lights flash behind a jet black Mustang that was speeding on the highway heading out of Lubbock. An officer from the Lubbock Police Department gets out of his patrol car to talk to the person who attempted to speed out of town in the Mustang. The officer has done this a thousand times, but this time is a little different. He is wearing a body camera. Police officers are faced with a predicament at every turn. There are people on both sides of the law, criminals and law-abiding citizens, who love and hate officers all together. That is why the Lubbock Police Department has started having a number of their officers wear body cameras when they are on duty. [caption id="attachment_122" align="alignright" width="336"]Photo Illustration by JOSH HAMILTON/PLAINSMAN PRESS Photo Illustration by JOSH HAMILTON/PLAINSMAN PRESS[/caption] Lieutenant Ray Mendoza has been a part of the LPD for 18 years. He said a typical day for a patrol officer involves responding to calls, enforcing traffic laws and writing reports. Since he has been a member of the police force, one of the biggest changes he has noticed has been technology. “When I got on, we didn't have computers in our police cars,” Mendoza recalls. “There were very limited cell phones, much less cell phones with cameras and Internet access. Technology has really changed the way we people commit crimes, as well as the way we combat crime.” The LPD’s technology has changed even more. About 90 officers are now wearing body cameras to document exactly what goes on when they are on duty, according to Mendoza. “The main reason for wanting this is that the majority of citizen contacts are made outside the view of our in-car dash mounted cameras,” Mendoza told the Plainsman Press in a recent interview. He added that the most dangerous part of being an officer is the unknown. When an officer responds to a call, he or she has no idea what he or she could possibly be walking in to. A call could be anything. Even one that does not seem dangerous could potentially turn fatal. “We want to believe that the majority of citizens that we will come into contact with are good, law-abiding citizens,” said Mendoza. “But sometimes trusting the wrong person can get an officer hurt, or even killed.” Each year, officers are required to complete a certain number of hours in continued education and specialty training, depending on whether an officer works for a specialized unit. This helps LPD officers stay up to date with the most recent techniques and technology. A strong negative stereotype has always floated around police officers, according to Mendoza. “Nobody is ever happy about receiving citations, but people who have been affected by speeders, red light and stop sign runners have a much different perspective,” explains Mendoza. “So people are either going to hate us or love us.  Depends on which end of the law you are on.” Having body cameras on officers will also help with being able to credit or discredit certain allegations against Lubbock Police officers. Mendoza said the goal at LPD is for every officer to have a body camera on any time he or she is out in the public on duty. The reason that only 90 officers, and not all of them, have body cameras is because there is simply not enough funding to buy all of them, and then also store a potentially massive amount of footage, according to Mendoza. “Body cameras are very expensive, and the storage of the videos is an additional expense that people haven't thought of but really need to consider when questioning why a department doesn't have body cameras,” said Mendoza. The body cameras that LPD officers do wear will document what happens every time the patrol officer wearing it pulls over someone, even for the simplest traffic violations. These body cameras should help put to rest or bring to attention to accusations made against police officers.]]> 121 2015-02-20 16:38:15 2015-02-20 16:38:15 open open body-cameras-added-to-uniforms-of-select-lubbock-police-officers publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last _thumbnail_id wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking Views Regents discuss spring enrollment, dual credit at February meeting http://localhost:8888/?p=125 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:42:45 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=125 125 2015-02-20 16:42:45 2015-02-20 16:42:45 open open regents-discuss-spring-enrollment-dual-credit-at-february-meeting publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking wpzoom_post_template Views Local doctor killed in Lubbock plane crash http://localhost:8888/?p=127 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:47:50 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=127 LUBBOCK- KCBD NewsChannel 11 recently was knocked off the air and one man was killed when a single-engine airplane crashed while heading toward Lubbock’s Preston Smith International Airport.

The plane, Piper PA-46 which had departed from Carlsbad, N.M., landed in a field on the north side of the KCBD news station. There weren’t any injuries at KCBD. But employees were asked to leave the building because the plane took out some of KCBD’s tower, and officials believed the remaining portion of the tower was unstable.

[caption id="attachment_128" align="alignright" width="285"]The KCBD-TV Tower was struck by a plane on Feb.11. JENNY GARZA/ PLAINSMAN PRESS The KCBD-TV Tower was struck by a plane on Feb.11. JENNY GARZA/ PLAINSMAN PRESS[/caption]

The plane struck a guy-wire of the 814-foot KCBD-TV tower on Feb.11, cutting power to the surrounding neighborhood.

Lubbock police Lieutenant Ray Mendoza explained that the pilot, Dr. Kenneth Michael Rice, was alone in the plane when it crashed.

Dr. Rice, 60, was killed instantly upon impact of the plane crashing. He had flown to New Mexico to visit patients. Dr. Rice was a graduated of the Texas Tech School of Medicine, a local internist and founder/CEO of Mighty Wash. He was a Doctor of Internal Medicine in Lubbock.

Dr. Rice ran a clinic in the UMC Medical Office Plaza. Since his passing, his practice has re-opened under Dr. Vernon Farthing. Dr. Rice’s daughter, Heidi Jeffreys, a certified physician assistant, will be helping out Dr. Farthing.

UMC Health System and UMC Physician Network Services are saddened by the death of their dear friend and colleague.

“Mike Rice blessed his family, his patients, the Texas Tech School of Medicine and UMC,” said David Allison, UMC president and CEO. “I have known Dr. Rice as a friend and colleague for 20 years. Our prayers are with his wife Sandy, daughter Heidi and staff.”

Paul Acreman, CEO of UMC PNS, shared his condolences.

“We’ve lost a dear friend and a great doctor,” Acreman explained. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Dr. Rice died doing what he loved – caring for his patients. He will be missed.”

Authorities are looking into the plane crash

 “We’ve done some preliminary work in the investigation and we were able to recover the plane to a private facility in Dallas to take a further look at the wreckage and everything that we need to,” National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator Josh Linderg said at a press conference held on Feb. 5 near the site of the plane crash.

Linderg explained the air traffic control tower was in contact with the airplane during the instrument approach and the pilot was on the instrument flight plan.

“We were told the pilot was circling the area for spacing,” Linderg explained. “We don’t know if there were any other problems. We have no reports of stress calls or of anything of the sort.”

NTSB will continue the investigation for a few months and work with the associate parties to determine the cause of the accident.

“We will be looking at the man, machine, and the environment,” Linderg explained. “We want to look at the capabilities and the background of the pilot. We want to make sure the maintenance of the airplane was up to spec and to make sure everything was OK. We will be looking at the environment, like the weather and the tower.”

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Scholarship application accessible online http://localhost:8888/?p=130 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:49:19 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=130]]> 130 2015-02-20 16:49:19 2015-02-20 16:49:19 open open scholarship-application-accessible-online publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking wpzoom_post_template Campus cleanup program to raise awareness about litter problem http://localhost:8888/?p=132 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:54:08 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=132 Photo illustration by JAYME LOZANO/PLAINSMAN PRESS Photo illustration by JAYME LOZANO/PLAINSMAN PRESS[/caption] Gerstenberger said he noticed increasing amounts of trash and litter around campus that made him want to implement this program. He is encouraging everyone to be involved in this project, including faculty, staff and students. “All people can be involved by not littering,” Gerstenberger said. “Please use the trash receptables located around the campus. Everyone can help!” Gerstenberger said he will kick off the Campus Cleanup campaign by sending out an email to everyone in March, letting them know what a big deal it is when people litter and what the consequences are. He said this program should last a few months, though he wants people to stay aware of the problem. “We hope that just bringing this problem to light will convince people to help,” Gerstenberger said. “We need everyone to take responsibility for their actions.” He adds that he and his staff are relying on cooperation from faculty and students to really make a difference around campus, for the better. Gerstenberger adds that we have the best landscaped and maintained community college campus around, and that our custodial staff and the Physical Plant strive to keep the college campus maintained and cleaned so the next group of incoming students can enjoy a nice, pretty and maintained campus that the previous students had. “There is no one in charge of the project,” Gerstenberger said. “This project is hopefully one of several articles about raising awareness of what it takes to maintain the college campus, both on the outside involving the landscape and on the inside with building maintenance.”]]> 132 2015-02-20 16:54:08 2015-02-20 16:54:08 open open campus-cleanup-program-to-raise-awareness-about-litter-problem publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking wpzoom_post_template Views Hard work paying off for Livestock Judging Team http://localhost:8888/?p=135 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:57:54 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=135 Photo courtesy of Sara Marshall Photo courtesy of Sara Marshall[/caption] The sophomore team recently competed in Denver, Colorado, at the National Western Stock Show on Feb.15-Feb.-16. Corey Flach, a sophomore from Bandera, finished as the third high individual in Beef Cattle, third high individual in Beef Cattle Reasons, 13th in Oral Reasons, 14th in Feedlot Cattle, and 15th high individual in overall judging. Austin Wooddell, a sophomore from Cypress, finished as the 17th high individual in Oral Reasons, and sixth high individual overall in Carload Judging. Marc Hackstedt, a sophomore from Needville, finished as the sixth high individual in Feedlot Cattle Judging, while Jonathan Nieman, a sophomore from New Home, finished as the 14th high individual in sheep contest. Also competing were Brandon Schafer from Ballinger, along with Dustin Polasek and Tyler Dwyer, both from Cypress. “Even though we didn’t do as good as I hoped, we still enjoy going to the competitions and gaining more knowledge about the Livestock industry,” said Nieman. The Livestock Judging Team also competed at the Southwestern Exposition in Fort Worth on Feb. 6. “It was great to practice as much as we did, then come back to our home state, and achieve as much as we were able to as a team and as individuals,” says Flach. The team was well prepared for the Southwestern Exposition in Fort Worth, and was extremely happy to see the hard work pay off in awards. As a team, they placed third in the Oral Reasons divisions and placed fifth in the overall competition. Nieman was the high individual in Oral Reasons, and placed third in the sheep division. Wooddell placed as the high individual in the swine division. Dwyer was eighth in Oral Reasons and 11th in the Swine Division, while Brandon Schaefer was seventh in the Swine Division as well. Flach finished just out of the top 10 overall. Polasek and Hackstedt both competed at a very high level. The team is now preparing for the last two upcoming contests in San Antonio on Feb. 28 and finishing the season off with the Houston Livestock Show on March 16. The team enjoys making the memories of taking trips, and getting the experience of meeting new people, while doing what they love at the same time. “I am not only proud of this team, and how they represent the school, but I look forward to the rest of the season, and expect great things from the team,” said Newsom.]]> 135 2015-02-20 16:57:54 2015-02-20 16:57:54 open open hard-work-paying-off-for-livestock-judging-team publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking wpzoom_post_template Community College Initiative draws positive reaction from SPC president http://localhost:8888/?p=138 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:59:57 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=138 138 2015-02-20 16:59:57 2015-02-20 16:59:57 open open community-college-initiative-draws-positive-reaction-from-spc-president publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking Residence Hall Association seeks donations for Children's Hope http://localhost:8888/?p=140 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:01:55 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=140 140 2015-02-20 17:01:55 2015-02-20 17:01:55 open open residence-hall-association-seeks-donations-for-childrens-hope publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking wpzoom_post_template Back Talk: 'American Sniper' raises culture of war question http://localhost:8888/?p=143 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:13:29 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=143 Nicole Trugillo News Editor Nicole Trugillo
News Editor[/caption] Controversy surrounding 'American Sniper' unnecessary The world will always be at war. Every day, men and women in the military are fighting for our freedom and our lives. We know what’s going on. We know what war entails. Mostly everyone knows war entails weapons, explosions, blood, and in serious cases, death. So, why are people up in arms (no pun intended) about actually seeing what really happens during wars? “Saving Private Ryan,” “Band of Brothers,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Lone Survivor,” and “Fury” are a few well-known war films. So why is “American Sniper,” a movie based on the book “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,” that was written by Chris Kyle, any different if Americans are familiar with war films? “American Sniper” has been a debatable topic since its worldwide release date. Celebrities such as Seth Rogen tweeted about the movie, saying, “American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that's showing in the third act of ‘Inglorious Basterds.’” “Inglorious Basterds” is a well known propaganda movie. Many people were outraged about his tweet. So, he tried to make things right by tweeting again, explaining he didn’t mean to come off as rude, and he was just stating his opinion. “American Sniper” isn’t a propaganda movie. Just because it’s a war film, doesn’t automatically make it a pro-war movie. A friend of mine told me, “Basically all war films are propaganda.” “American Sniper “ is not a pro war. Because Chris Kyle didn’t want Americans to feel pressured about picking a side on the subject of war. His intentions weren’t to persuade anybody on war. His book, let alone the movie, wasn’t pro-war. It explains and shows his perspective of the war. Kyle went through many challenging obstacles. “American Sniper” explains a man’s perspective on what he saw. Any war film shows the horrible sides of war. But “American Sniper,” in particular, portrays an ugly and frightening war. But can you blame the producers? War isn’t pretty. Clint Eastwood, director of “American Sniper,” and Bradley Cooper, who plays Chris Kyle, explained to the media how the film isn’t a political discussion about war. Simply, it’s about the reality of war. Michael Moore, a well known filmmaker, is someone else who tried to tear down not only the movie, but snipers, in general. Moore tweeted, “Snipers aren’t heroes….We were taught snipers are cowards.” He said his reason for his tweet wasn’t because “American Sniper” just released. Oh no, it was just a coincidence. Moore went on to explain that his uncle was killed by a sniper in World War II. OK, I’m sorry for your loss, Moore. But that doesn’t mean you can be an idiot and say snipers are cowards. How are they cowards? That’s basically saying anyone can do their job because they shoot behind a sniper rifle. If it’s so easy, how come I don’t see a rush for people to join the military? Or better yet, how come Moore didn’t join the military? I can give you one good reason, that is because it’s not cowardly. You have to be brave and be willing to put your life on the line. Snipers, along with other military men, defend our country by risking their lives. If anything, they are heroes. Oh, but I forgot. Moore’s tweet had nothing to do with “American Sniper.” I guess he wanted to be a troll that day. People are forgetting the bigger picture. “American Sniper” wasn’t meant to cause controversy. Again, the film showed Kyle’s perspective of war, and it certainly wasn’t promoting the war. All arguments set aside, it’s a movie Americans need to watch.  
    [caption id="attachment_145" align="alignleft" width="160"]Chesanie Brantley Associate Editor Chesanie Brantley
Associate Editor[/caption] War becoming too pervasive in society War. Sometimes it seems inevitable, and it is all around us. Different wars, and just war, in general, are in movies, books, the media and really everywhere now since ISIS made their presence known. “American Sniper” is the perfect example of the way war is affecting our society today. In the new movie, “American Sniper”, Clint Eastwood, director, and Chris Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper, show first hand what war is like. Eastwood and Kyle take moviegoers on a trip inside the mind of an exceptionally lethal United States Navy SEAL. It is obvious how, with each pull of the trigger, Kyle retreats deeper within himself. Throughout the film, it is clear how four tours of duty in Iraq take a toll on Kyle. In the end, he finds he cannot leave war behind him. I do not want to take anything away from the movie. I think it does an amazing job of capturing what Kyle went through as he became one of the most lethal snipers in American history. In part, though, that proves my point. Kyle had problems reacclimating into civilian life. He was never the same after what he went through, and I do not think that is something we should see on a regular basis. War is already a large part of our lives in America. Of course, we do not have battles raging on our land, but we do have loved ones who are in Iraq or Afghanistan. I am not sure we need more of it in our lives. As depicted in “American Sniper,” seeing a war first hand is an extremely difficult thing. It takes a deep emotional toll on soldiers. I do not think a civilian is any different, even if it is on a big screen. I think there is a point when we are seeing too much war. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is also a type of anxiety disorder some soldiers come home with after their tours. When these soldiers come back, simple things such as something crashing to the floor sends them back to wherever they experienced their own horror. If these soldiers are having anxiety attacks and horrible flashbacks because of the things they had to do and see in the middle of war, I do not think I want to see a lot of that. Soldiers are trained to see war day in and day out and to keep fighting through it, no matter what happens. Most people, as civilians, are not equipped to see armies fighting each other on a battlefield or picking potentially dangerous people off from thousands of yards. The soldiers in the United States military go through a lot to defend our country, and “American Sniper” did an amazing job of portraying the emotional turmoil of Kyle as he went through his tours in Iraq. I just do not agree that everyone needs to see what United States soldiers go through in the process of protecting our country. There is a deeper meaning to war than two armies on a battlefield shooting each other. And I will not be running to the theater to watch every movie based on a war.]]>
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Williams tarnishes reputation with false coverage about Iraq War http://localhost:8888/?p=147 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:15:22 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=147 Jayme Lozano Editor-in-Chief Jayme Lozano
Editor-in-Chief[/caption] It was the lie heard around the world, one that hundreds of people had no problem confronting. Brian Williams, anchor for NBC's "Nightly News," told a story about being onboard a helicopter during the invasion of Iraq in 2003 that was eventually hit by a rocket-propelled grenade and forced to land. Williams had been telling the story for years, also initially saying that the front of the helicopter he was in was the area that had been hit. This story was changed several times during the next couple of years, including him saying that he had looked down the tube of an RPG as it hit the helicopter in front of his. This big lie was finally revealed when several service members, who were on board one of the three helicopters that had been attacked, said they Williams wasn't on a helicopter that had been targeted. The crew members that were forced to make an emergency landing said that the helicopter Williams was on arrived close to an hour later. So what exactly was the point of this lie? Was it to boost up ratings, or to make Williams seem as brave as the men and women in the Armed Forces who are actually fighting for their lives and facing these threats every day? No matter the reason, it's completely insulting, not just to people serving in the military but also to journalists. This is a time when people are hesitant to trust the mainstream media because some news stations seem to be biased toward certain stories and seem to only report half of the truth, while others may not even report important stories at all. This is not the time to be lying about such a scary event, let alone such a tragic time. To make the entire situation even more disrespectful, Williams had the audacity to carefully word his apology to make it sound as though the lie wasn’t his fault. Williams stated that he had “misremembered” the story and that during his tribute to a soldier, he had “bungled” the details in an attempt to honor that soldier and all the others who are serving. To add insult to injury, Williams also tried to blame the fabrication on memory fog. This is something that might be somewhat believable, if it wasn’t for a piece in the NBC archives that was posted on March 26, 2003, which says that his helicopter came under fire. Every part of Williams’ story is just so wrong. It is hard to believe that this highly-reputable and very well-known journalist could fall so hard from grace, but that is just what happens when you take such a tragic event and spin it for your own personal gain. Williams has been suspended for six months without pay, and a lot of his other stories have been called into question. But he deserves his punishment. This wasn't some little white lie; this was a big lie about a big story at the time that was unnecessary. Honestly, at this point, Williams doesn’t even deserve to be allowed back. There’s always two sides to every story, and now that the truth is coming out, there is really no way that Williams will be able to recover from this.]]>
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Customers lack respect for service industry http://localhost:8888/?p=151 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:19:33 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=151 Monica Gonzales Staff Writer Monica Gonzales
Staff Writer[/caption] Respect for others is a matter of common courtesy. But often it’s not found in everyone. People don’t always treat everyone with the respect they deserve, not even at their place of employment. If complete strangers have treated you poorly at your job, then you know what it’s like to work in the service industry. Long hours, waiting on people hand and foot, and getting very little appreciation is the norm in a job as a waiter or waitress. Everyone should spend time working in this industry. For multiple reasons, I think it would be beneficial to all to dabble in waiting tables. For example, most members of the general public are unaware that servers only get paid $2.13 an hour. Although minimum wage in Texas is $7.25, servers don’t get the same hourly pay. It’s because of tips that it’s legal to pay them less. And because of this, servers receive their pay through the tips people leave and rarely get paychecks. However, if servers fail to make what would be the equivalent of minimum wage through their tips, they get paychecks. Since most people are unaware of this, very often servers do not receive tips, and it would be helpful for all to understand this. At places that serve alcohol, servers have to give a certain percentage of their tips to the bartender. That means that when a server is not tipped at all, money from his or her pocket is given to the bartender as a tip-out. Without the experience in a restaurant, it’s not a very well known fact, and people don’t take this into consideration. Knowing more about the pay in the service industry is enlightening, in general, with regards to leaving tips. Although spending time in the service industry is beneficial to the education of tipping, it’s also a growing experience for the server. Depending on the place of employment, you will see a broad range of people in the demographic of restaurant goers. Seeing the diversity between the people dining at an establishment can educate you, as well as help you grow as a person. Sometimes, as a server, you get treated poorly by customers, and it’s less likely to happen if more people would spend a little bit of time in the industry. More people would know how it feels to get the treatment so many servers receive and, in turn, fewer servers would receive that treatment. Most people are unaware of how hard serving actually can be, and don’t respect it for the actual work. Servers work long, tiring hours at times, get very short or nonexistent breaks, and have to walk miles during a shift. It’s not an easy job, even though it has that connotation. It requires a lot of patience, a lot of people skills, and a lot of practice juggling items and not tripping over children running around their parents’ table. It’s very hard remembering everything on the menu, and even harder making sure to remember everything a customer requests. In addition, servers don’t get the same time off from work for holidays that other people receive. A lot of restaurants are open more days a week than most other places of employment and don’t usually get major holidays off. Vacation time is hard to come by. Working in a restaurant pays better than most people realize, and it can be very rewarding. Between bartending and serving, people work in the service industry during college often. The schedule is flexible, and the money is immediate. Servers don’t have to wait for their pay. That is convenient for the average college student. Many people go through college while waiting tables and make a decent living as well. There’s a bad reputation for the pay in a serving job, and it’s undeserved. Perhaps the only preconceived notion regarding serving that is true is that you can make your best friends there. As a server, you spend an immense amount of time with your coworkers. They can become family, and will be friends well after the time spent serving is over. You can bond with these people very easily, sometimes working 15-hour shifts together, learning not to get too snappy with each other, and enjoying the days off together. If all people spent time working as servers, not only would the restaurant industry benefit, but society as a whole would as well. The experience makes you grow, you learn how to treat people, and learn how to tip properly. Being educated on the work they do and treatment that servers receive is something only working in the industry could do, and it should be a requirement for all.]]>
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Beyoncé gets robbed again at Grammy Awards http://localhost:8888/?p=154 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:22:15 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=154 Brittany Brown Sports Editor Brittany Brown
Sports Editor[/caption] The 2015 Grammys had 24.8 million eye witnesses to a full blown robbery. Beck being awarded Album of the Year over Beyoncé has all of her fan club "The BeyHive" including myself asking, how? The Grammy Awards are starting to make me question what process or statistics they use to decide which artist wins an award, because some things just don’t add up. Not a single person can convince me that Beck deserved to win Album of the Year over Beyoncé. What Beyoncé pulled off could never be duplicated by any other artist of this time period. Sure, The Beatles may have come out with a surprise album, but they didn’t have the immense amount of resources that are around today when it comes to promotion. As a gift to her fans, Beyonce did everything to surprise them and give them everything she had. Queen Bey wrote and produced not only 14 songs but music videos for each song as well. And not a single word or idea was leaked! Of course, she had help. But she’s Beyoncé. She’s her own manager. This woman is pure talent! Without any advertising, marketing, or and public relations help, the Queen’s self-titled album quickly became the number one album worldwide. The album is in the Guiness Book of World Records for fastest selling album. It sold 80,000 copies in just three hours! It sold 800,000 in three days, and 1.4 million copies in a week! I failed to mention that the album didn’t even hit retail stores until months after it was released. Oh sure, Beck writes and produces all his songs on his own and plays however many instruments. But clearly his album sales don’t reflect whatever greatness he is supposed to represent. Beck is supposed to be this really cool old-school artist, and I’m sure he deserved something. But his album sold a very microscopic 214,000 copies worldwide, compared to Beyoncé’s five million.  Don’t forget that he used marketing strategies to promote his album. What else does Beyoncé have to do to prove that she is the world’s greatest entertainer and her album changed lives? Sure, she has 20 other Grammy Awards. But she was completely robbed of one she truly deserved. I’m sure even Beck was confused when he won. Kanye was right when he said Beck should have handed the award over to Beyoncé. He should have snatched the Grammy out of his hand and bowed down while handing it over to her. Kanye might be extreme to some people, but he’s simply another legendary artist who recognizes the hard work and the outstanding result of her album. Even in 2009, Beyonce was robbed of Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards, losing to Taylor Swift. But I’m sure the Queen has something up her sleeve to shock the world for a second time. The Grammy Awards left my fellow BeyHive members and I shocked and disappointed.]]>
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Weather girl photo leak causes scandal http://localhost:8888/?p=157 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:24:38 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=157 Chelsea Yohn  Staff Writer Chelsea Yohn
Staff Writer[/caption] Nikki Dee Ray is not the first public figure to have nude photos of her leaked, and she won’t be the last either. This has been an ongoing theme during the past year. Celebrities, men, women, young teens, mothers, none have been immune to this violation of privacy. When something this personal and controversial is brought out in the open and ran all over social media, it will change your reputation, no matter who you are. For some celebrities, this kind of public humiliation is nothing new, and might actually be the kind of publicity they want. A Lubbock television station, KLBK, might not want the same kind of publicity for their local ‘celebrities.’ Weather girl Nikki Dee Ray has recently been removed from airing on the evening news and from her show, “Trends and Friends.” Whether this is temporary or permanent, there isn’t any information backing which one it might be. Nikki Dee Ray recently had some of her personal pictures leaked out to the public. Ray had taken some very provocative photos with little or no clothes on her body. Whoever she had sent them to obviously didn’t think they should be kept private. There are several rumors going around about what might have happened and why her nudes were leaked. There has not been a statement made, that I know of, about what exactly was going on and who is responsible for sharing the photos.  But Ray did not help herself by including her whole face in the photos, so there is no denying it is her body that is being shown off. Not only is her reputation on the line, but so is that of the news station she works for, KLBK. Any company would not want someone to work for them who carries that kind of reputation, especially when she is in the public eye every day. KLBK most likely doesn’t want that kind of reputation for their company. Even if this sudden publicity from Ray would increase ratings, it is not the good kind of publicity wanted. Most companies want to be known for being quality places of business with good, reputable employees. Considering everything I have stated, even if Ray is good at her job, it would be best for the company to cut their losses and discretely let her go. Keeping her on the news would almost be like saying what she did was just fine and dandy, and that KLBK is standing behind her. Getting her out of the public eye for a while will give her time to try to forget about everything that has happened. Hopefully, the public will do the same and move on to other news.]]>
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Cancer rampant in society, hope on horizon http://localhost:8888/?p=160 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:28:09 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=160 (Editor’s note: This story is the first part of a multi-part in-depth series, “Dreaded C Word,” about cancer and the survivors that begins in Issue #8 and will continue through Issue #12. Several staff members took it upon themselves to interview, take photographs and conduct research. The results of their combined efforts follow.) (Editor’s note: This story is the first part of a multi-part in-depth series, “Dreaded C Word,” about cancer and the survivors that begins in Issue #8 and will continue through Issue #12. Several staff members took it upon themselves to interview, take photographs and conduct research. The results of their combined efforts follow.)[/caption] About half of all men and one third of all women in the United States will develop cancer during their lifetimes. According to the American Cancer Society, cancer is the general term for a group of more than 100 diseases. While there are many different kinds of cancer, all of them start when abnormal cells in the body begin to grow out of control. While it has been proven that some people can inherit abnormal DNA because it can be passed on from their parents, that only accounts for about 5 to 10 percent of all cancers. One case of the somewhat rare type of cancer is that of Angelina Jolie. In 2013, the actress underwent a double mastectomy after learning that she had an 87-percent chance of developing breast cancer due to the defective BRCA1 gene. Her mother had breast cancer and died from ovarian cancer, while her grandmother had ovarian cancer and her aunt died from breast cancer. However, she still has a 50-percent chance of developing ovarian cancer from the same defective gene. However, for the most part, abnormal cells are often caused by a mistake that happened when the normal cell is reproducing, or by something harmful in the environment, such as cigarette smoking or sun exposure. According to the American Cancer Society, smoking accounts for 87 percent of lung cancer deaths in men and 70 percent in women. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women, and it is also considered one of the hardest cancers to treat. Research also shows that about half of all Americans who keep smoking will die from the habit, and that smoking cigarettes kills more Americans than alcohol, car accidents, suicide, AIDS, homicide and illegal drugs combined. With smoking, people usually assume the person has a history of smoking cigarettes or cigars, or using other tobacco products. While it was previously thought to be a safer outlet for smoking than regular cigarettes, e-cigarettes have recently been found to cause cancer risk as well. According to new research published in January 2015 by the New England Journal of Medicine, the high-powered tanks used in e-cigarettes that heat the nicotine-laced liquid also produce a type of formaldehyde, making the risk of developing cancer from the formaldehyde five to 15 times higher than from regular cigarettes. “Don’t make the assumption there aren’t toxins in e-cigarettes,” says Dr. James Pankow, an author for the study. “They’re not risk-free.” There have also been a few links found between brain tumors and cell phone use. Cell phones work by sending signals using RF waves, which are a form of non-ionizing radiation. So while they don’t have enough energy to cause cancer directly by damaging the DNA cells, they can over time. However, with heavy cell phone use, the RF waves can heat up body tissues. According to the American Cancer Society, other factors that can affect the amount of RF energy that someone is exposed to is whether the user is speaking with the phone directly against his or her ear or using a hands-free device, the amount of cell phone traffic in his or hers area at the time, and the model of phone being used. But the link to cell phone use and brain tumors has been debated since the 1970s, and some researchers believe that it can’t be fully at fault for a diagnosis. “There are a lot of different theories,” Dr. Gabriel Zada, a neurosurgeon from the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, explained to Reuters in 2014 after another study was released. “It’s a much more convoluted picture than just saying cell phones caused this.” According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, breast cancer is the most common cancer worldwide, contributing to more than 25 percent of the total number of new cases. Along with that, the American Cancer Society’s estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2015 include that 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed, and about 40,290 women will lose their battle with breast cancer. While all of the numbers can seem intimidating and scary, it is very possible to undergo treatment and survive. The American Cancer Society also has research that shows that more than 14.5 million people in the United States are living with some type of cancer. While some of these people are cancer-free, others still might have it. But that isn’t to say that survival is impossible. A decade ago, people who were diagnosed with some type of cancer weren’t expected to live very long. As the years go by, studies are getting better at finding treatments to help cure all the different types of cancer. Chemotherapy is the treatment of one or more anti-neoplastic drugs injected into the body to kill the cancer cells. Radiation therapy works by damaging the cancerous tissues, eventually leading to cellular death. There is also surgery, which is considered to be the primary method of treatment. Thanks to advances in detection and treatment, the number of cancer survivors is growing every year, and the number can only go up from there.]]> 160 2015-02-20 17:28:09 2015-02-20 17:28:09 open open cancer-rampant-in-society-hope-on-horizon publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking wpzoom_post_template McCord strives to make students comfortable with public speaking http://localhost:8888/?p=163 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:30:59 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=163 Janine McCord“It’s amazing coming to work feeling energized, teaching students what you're passionate about, and being surrounded by people who are passionate about it as well,” says McCord, who is in her first year as a full-time instructor for speech courses on the Levelland campus. McCord arrives to work early to get her days well prepared, then started. Her week consists of teaching a Business and Professional Speech course on Mondays and Wednesdays. She also teaches a Public Speaking course on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Her Monday nights also can be busy, as she travels to the Plainview Extention Center for SPC to teach a Business and Professional Speech course. McCord attended Frenship High School in Wolfforth, Texas. When graduating from high school, her thoughts leaned toward engineering. But it wasn’t long after that she decided to change her major. “My thoughts were, what do I enjoy most?" explains McCord. "Then communications is what I began to look at." McCord considers herself to be a nontraditional student. She didn’t go on to attend college when she got out of high school. Instead, she worked for several years, before deciding to go back. McCord attended Texas Tech University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies in 2008. After taking a year off, she returned to Texas Tech University to pursue her master’s degree in Communication Studies as well. She began her teaching career at South Plains College as an adjunct instructor for a Public Speaking course in Plainview, Texas in 2012. She was hired as a full-time professor on the Levelland campus last fall. She also taught a Business and Professional Speech course at Lubbock Christian University for a semester. She continues to teach a two-week long course during the summer at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for the Pre-Med class. McCord also gets an opportunity to visit a colleague's class at Texas Tech as a guest speaker for communication classes. “I love to teach, but I love to go out into the community and give my insight on the subject,” she adds. McCord says that she wants more than anything for her students to be comfortable in any speaking situation they are put into. She wants them to be organized so they are less apprehensive, and more comfortable as a speaker. “I understand not wanting to speak, and being afraid, but I very much want to make things easier when you’re out in the real speaking world,” McCord says. Outside of SPC, McCord has many interests to keep her life entertaining. She loves to travel the world as much as she can, while learning about all the cultures she can on the way. While McCord has worked at other places, she says, “I cannot emphasize how great the SPC family is as a whole.” She says that she is very blessed to be surrounded by such a great faculty and staff for a living. She feels as a faculty they have a unique ability to be able to focus on students succeeding. McCord wants students to embrace this experience in life, and not to waste it. Take the knowledge the instructors give and put it into full effect in daily living.]]> 163 2015-02-20 17:30:59 2015-02-20 17:30:59 open open mccord-strives-to-make-students-comfortable-with-public-speaking publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking wpzoom_post_template Former student finds dream job at SPC http://localhost:8888/?p=166 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:36:26 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=166 [Editor's note: This story is part of an ongoing project in conjunction with the South Plains College Alumni Association. The project highlights former SPC students and their achievements.] Dane Dewbre says South Plains College gave him what he needed to succeed, as well as, friends he will never forget. After graduating from Levelland High School, Dewbre made the decision to attend SPC, where he says he grew up as a young man. “I have a history here,” Dewbre said. “ I was probably 11 or 12 the first time I set foot on this campus.” Dewbre majored in telecommunications while here at SPC and was an active student on the campus, working in the bookstore, for Marriott food services and even helping to maintain the grounds, while attending classes. [caption id="attachment_167" align="alignleft" width="182"]Dane Dewbre is the associate dean of College Relations Dane Dewbre is the associate dean of College Relations[/caption] “I have a real appreciation of that side of things,” Dewbre said. “I know the history of the the campus and how important it is.” One of the benefits of attending SPC for Dewbre was that it prepared him for the obstacles of being a student at a university. “It prepared me to stay on task and get my bachelor’s degree” said Dewbre. “I couldn’t have done it if I went straight to Texas Tech. There’s just no way.” In addition to preparing him for his time at a university, South Plains created an environment that gave Dewbre the skills he needed to have a successful career in telecommunications once he had finished his education. “From day one, we were working hands on with the same equipment that they were using in TV stations,” Dewbre said. “If a South Plains College student got sent to a TV station, they knew they didn’t have to spend a lot of time training us, because we  had already been taught.” While the education Dewbre received at SPC contributed to his success, he says that the things that made his time on the Levelland campus really special were the friends he made, one of which is Billy Alonzo, now assistant professor of radio, television and film at SPC. “Me and Billy go way back,” Dewbre said. “He is a very dear friend of mine. I made some friends here that weren’t from Levelland, but are lifelong friends. We’ve stayed connected through the years, and it was because of South Plains College.” After earning a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech, Dewbre accepted a job at Clovis Community College, where he worked for four years with the College Relations Office producing television commercials and helping develop the college’s Interactive Television Network before returning to SPC. After a few years of teaching TV production class and setting up an ITV program at SPC, Dewbre was eventually promoted to associate dean of college relations. As dean of college relations, Dewbre spreads the word about SPC and gets young students to take advantage of the same opportunities that helped him to succeed. It’s a position Dewbre calls his dream job. “We want to let students know that they can get quality education at an affordable price,” explained Dewbre, who has been at SPC for 19 years. “A community college education has quality; it’s good stuff. When I was a student here, my ultimate dream job was to come back here and do this. Had it not been for this place, I would not be doing what I’m doing. It’s really cool.” With his history at SPC and his dream job in hand, Dewbre does not intend to go anywhere for some time, even saying that he would love to retire as the associate dean of college relations at SPC. “I’d love to be here and retire at South Plains College,” Dewbre said. “There’s so many things that I’ve been able to see and do. It’s just such a special place to me.”          ]]> 166 2015-02-20 17:36:26 2015-02-20 17:36:26 open open former-student-finds-dream-job-at-spc publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking Determination to survive helps Lopez win cancer battle http://localhost:8888/?p=169 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:45:52 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=169 (Editor’s note: This story is the first part of a multi-part in-depth series, “Dreaded C Word,” about cancer and the survivors that begins in Issue #8 and will continue through Issue #12. Several staff members took it upon themselves to interview, take photographs and conduct research. The results of their combined efforts follow.) (Editor’s note: This story is the first part of a multi-part in-depth series, “Dreaded C Word,” about cancer and the survivors that begins in Issue #8 and will continue through Issue #12. Several staff members took it upon themselves to interview, take photographs and conduct research. The results of their combined efforts follow.)[/caption] Imagine reading a book with your child when you feel a pain that you haven’t felt before, only to find out it was the first sign of cancer. This is how Alma Lopez, assistant professor of math at South Plains College, found out she had Burkitt’s Lymphoma more than eight years ago. “I had a 6-year-old daughter at the time, and she was learning to read,” Lopez explains. “She leaned back against my chest, and it hurt. So we finished reading her book, and I tucked her into bed and went and did a self-exam, and that’s when I discovered it.” Once she found the lump, Lopez told her husband and immediately started thinking it was breast cancer, even though she says that she later found out it wasn’t. The discovery was scary for Lopez, who says she found the lump in October 2006 and confirmed the diagnosis on Halloween. She went on with the rest of that day like any other day, though, before starting treatment. “I came back to work that day,” Lopez says. “I went to take my kids trick-or-treating that evening, knowing I had cancer.” Lopez told her colleagues and friends about two weeks later, after she had confirmed everything and had one surgery. When she did tell them, she was grateful for the effort her colleagues put into helping in any way they could. [caption id="attachment_170" align="aligncenter" width="413"]Alma Lopez has been cancer-free for eight years SKYLAR HERNANDEZ/ PLAINSMAN PRESS Alma Lopez has been cancer-free for eight years SKYLAR HERNANDEZ/
PLAINSMAN PRESS[/caption] “I was really blessed,” says Lopez, “because you hear a lot that SPC is like a family, and it really was. I told Alan Worley first, and just went from there. They covered my classes and finished the semester for me, because I didn’t make it back. Then they started another semester for me, thinking I was going to make it back, but I didn’t until March. Everyone was just wonderful.” When it came down to getting the treatments she needed, Lopez says she was determined to survive. “I knew I was going to do everything in my power to not leave my children and husband alone,” says Lopez. “I thought, ‘I’m not going anywhere.’” The problem with Lopez getting the aggressive treatment she wanted was her doctor’s concern with how much her body could handle. “I was 38 at the time,” Lopez explains. “They said, ‘We can’t treat you the way we would a 19-year-old.’ I was stage four, and there was a 19-year-old in the hospital at the same time as me. I told my doctor, ‘You will treat me the way you treat him.’” The treatments affected Lopez and the other patient differently, as she would spend more time recovering than he would. “He would spend a week in recovery, and I’d spend three weeks recovering from our chemo,” says Lopez. “It was such a big difference in how our bodies would react.” After her first round of chemo, which included being hooked up to a machine for 24 hours and getting spinal taps done, Lopez stayed at the Joe Arrington Cancer Center in Lubbock for 21 days. She spent 16 days during the second round, and then 14 days during the third. In the first month of her treatment, she lost about 20 pounds and describes herself as having been “gray, scary thin,” which wouldn’t help her win her battle. “I got put on some medication to help me put the weight back on,” says Lopez. “It’s not healthy to lose all that weight. And with three rounds, they needed me to maintain some of that weight.” The hardest part of Lopez’s battle, however, was not being able to see her kids. Her immune system was too weak because of the chemotherapy, and it would be too risky to even touch them. “With chemo,” Lopez explains, “they’re literally poisoning your body, and it kills a lot of the bad cells. But it kills some of the good ones too. I wasn’t allowed to touch them (her kids) because they might give me germs, and I didn’t have the immunity.” Lopez recalls that she was really upset about not being able to be near her kids, but she knew she was doing the right thing. “I would get really angry or cry,” says Lopez. “It was a horrible time. But now I look back and think I did the right thing. You just go in kind of mad and aggressive, and tell them, ‘Do whatever you need to do to make me better.’” Lopez found comfort in knowing that her kids were being taken care of at school by supportive teachers and principals, who were understanding and even bought big bottles of hand sanitizer. “They were scared, but I think their teachers and classmates helped them get through it,” says Lopez. “My kids were 6 and 8 at the time, so they went through a lot. But it’s a beautiful thing to look back on and to see how resilient they were.” Another part of her battle that Lopez looks back fondly on is how people at SPC and members of the community bonded together to support her, including writing her letters of support and setting up candlelight vigils. “I felt like my whole world just came in and supported me at that time,” says Lopez. “I felt so much love; it was amazing.” Lopez also remembers how when she couldn’t have a live Christmas tree because of the risk of bacteria, her husband’s co-workers made a beautiful gesture that she won’t forget. “They had this beautiful pink tree made,” Lopez explains. “It won a contest downtown, and they brought it to my house and set it up for my children so they could have a tree.” Her cancer has been gone for eight years, and Lopez explains that she is unlikely to ever get that kind again. She is also proud of herself when she looks back on that time because of how she got through such a difficult journey. “It was very traumatic, but wonderful,” says Lopez. “It’s wonderful to see what you can put yourself through and come out on top still.” The diagnosis, as difficult as it was for her and her family, now makes Lopez see life differently and appreciate the little things more. “I used to think I had to hurry to get everywhere,” says Lopez. “Now, sometimes you need to stop and smell the roses. At Christmas time, my tree stays up a little longer because I like the lights and want to look at them.” Because of her tough fight and determination to survive, Lopez, who also says she tells her daughter that she saved her life, now wants to appreciate every part of life she can, because she almost lost that chance. “I want to see and touch things now that, before, I took for granted,” says Lopez. “Smells, lights, colors. I thought I did before, but nothing like now.”]]>
169 2015-02-20 17:45:52 2015-02-20 17:45:52 open open determination-to-survive-helps-lopez-win-cancer-battle publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking wpzoom_post_template
Nursing student stays hopeful student stays hopeful despite harrowing disease http://localhost:8888/?p=172 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:59:10 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=172 172 2015-02-20 17:59:10 2015-02-20 17:59:10 open open nursing-student-stays-hopeful-student-stays-hopeful-despite-harrowing-disease publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking wpzoom_post_template 'Birdman' excels with strong performances, creative directing http://localhost:8888/?p=174 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:01:57 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=174 birdman B&WThe film follows Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), a washed-up Hollywood actor who has gotten stuck in his most famous role, a superhero named Birdman that he played more than 20 years before. In a desperate attempt to reinvent his career, Riggan writes, directs and stars in a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver’s “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.” Since Riggan sees this as his chance to finally be taken seriously and be seen as more than just a mask, tights and wings, he stresses himself out by trying to make everything go according to plan. This plan immediately starts to fall apart when Riggan’s supporting actor gets injured on set, and Riggan is rushed in to replace him. He can't just simply replace him, though, he has to replace him with someone incredible enough to boost the hype of the play. Through a connection with one of the actresses, Lesley (Naomi Watts), Riggan is able to cast Mike (Edward Norton). Mike, brilliant as he is, is also incredibly stubborn and difficult to work with. Being a devoted method actor, Mike demands that he be allowed to drink real alcohol on stage, and isn’t above causing a real-life scene during the play if anyone takes it away. He also has no problem calling Riggan out for making the play about him, even going as far as pointing out how Riggan gave himself all the best monologues. Riggan’s daughter, Sam (Emma Stone), also doesn’t help Riggan’s life get any easier. Sam is a recovering drug addict, and to keep an eye on her, Riggan hires her as his assistant. She also doesn’t have a problem with calling him out and doesn’t seem to care or understand his goal with the play. But, of course, the biggest obstacle in Riggan’s plan is himself. He is constantly haunted by this role, even to the point of having his mind play tricks on him by thinking he can actually hear Birdman taunting and criticizing him. Ultimately, Riggan’s sanity seems to be on the edge, with everyone around him making it worse. Everything about this movie is a masterpiece. The casting is beyond perfect. Stone was moving and has one of the best speeches in the film, delivering it with complete perfection. She was more than just a pretty face. She was stunning and had such a strong presence. She was treated as the mess of a character she was playing, and it really did her a great justice to show just how talented she truly is. Considering how Norton has a reputation for being hard to work with, it is easy to see why he was cast in this role. But that isn’t the only reason. Norton was funny, charming, volatile and absolutely entertaining in every scene that he was in. Just as Riggan was afraid of the attention being stolen in the play, Norton stole the spotlight any time he was on screen, and did it with ease and grace, even if he was yelling in front of a crowded theatre. No one gave a better performance than Keaton, though. Looking tired and in need of reinvention, Keaton is brilliant. He so easily jumped into the role and gave an incredibly moving performance. While it’s also worth noting that the role of Riggan seems to be close to home for Keaton, that doesn’t mean that the role could have been easy for him to play. Keaton basically played himself in “Birdman,” and it takes a lot of dedication, courage and skill to be so open and vulnerable. It was hard to watch, but also hard to look away as he ran around looking dazed, confused, angry, hurt and dangerously determined to revive his failing career. But the way that Keaton struggled to quiet his inner demons was the truly touching part. Some of the best scenes are when Keaton is alone, arguing with himself over the dread of being forgotten but hating what he can be remembered for. By far, the best part of this film is the very talented co-writer and director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. As far as directing goes, everyone is talking about how much of a feat it is to shoot a film during the course of 12 years. But, people seem to be neglecting the considerably greater feat that Inarritu has accomplished with “Birdman.” The film was shot in long takes, many of which involved the actors and actresses walking down hallways, around tight corners, in small dressing rooms, and even through the crowded streets of Times Square. But then it was put together to look like one smooth, unbroken shot without a single choppy transition that could give it away. It added to the complexity of the film and the tension that was felt every time Riggan was closer and closer to a nervous breakdown. Along with that, Inarritu wrote this script that has some of the funniest dialogue that will make you relax just for a second before there’s a slick, dramatic tone that takes over and breaks your heart. “Birdman” was released on Feb. 17, just in time for movie lovers to watch it and understand the hype before the Academy Awards. It is everything you could ask a movie to be. It is unique, funny, challenging, emotional, tense, and visually stunning. The script is so alive and self-aware. Inarritu is an absolute genius, and it shows through every second of the film. Keaton gives the performance of a lifetime. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.]]> 174 2015-02-20 18:01:57 2015-02-20 18:01:57 open open birdman-excels-with-strong-performances-creative-directing publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking 'Theory of Everything' fails to impress despite Redmayne http://localhost:8888/?p=177 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:11:42 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=177 theory-of-everything-stephen-hawking-movie-trailer Too bad it still has yet to be made. “The Theory of Everything” is the new biopic directed by James Marsh and adapted from the book, “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen,” written by Hawking’s wife, Jane Wilde Hawking. The film begins in 1963, with Stephen (Eddie Redmayne) attending a party where he meets Jane (Felicity Jones), another student at Cambridge University. The two hit it off and begin a relationship. Stephen is struggling to find a topic to base his thesis on, before finally getting inspired at a lecture about black holes and deciding to make it about time. But as Stephen is pursuing his research, he starts to notice that his muscles are slowly starting to give out. The problems finally come to a head as he falls on a sidewalk and has to get checked out. He learns that he has motor neuron disease. Stephen is told that his brain will still be able to function, but his muscles will be uncontrollable, causing him to lose the ability to walk, talk or even move most of his body. He also is told that he only has two years to live. The news causes Stephen to become isolated to the point where he won’t even tell Jane about what is going on, as he would rather just let her move on with her life instead of forcing his burden on her. But she finally confronts him about it and decides that she wants to marry him and stick by him for the remainder of his life. The film goes on to show how Stephen's condition gets progressively worse, as well as how his theory that the universe was created by a black hole is revolutionary. It also shows how since his life expectancy was greatly exceeded, his marriage with Jane, beautiful and loving as it was, had plenty of struggles the couple had to endure. If this movie would have been marketed the right way, it would have been much better. The previews indicated that this would be a great film about Hawking’s life, work, and marriage, and how all of that was affected by his disease. Instead, this had very little to do with Hawking’s work and much, much more to do with his marriage. Granted, the film is based off of his wife’s book, so, of course, it had to be mentioned. But to have it be the focus of the film, instead of it being on everything Hawking accomplished under such dire circumstances, just seems extremely wrong. However, there are two great parts to this film, and that is the stars. Jones has an incredible performance as the patient and compassionate wife, but still showed mixed emotions about her marriage. It’s clear that Jones did her research and didn’t make it seem as though Jane resented Hawking. But she did make it clear that it was still a struggle for her to take care of him for as many years as she did. The best part of this film, really one of the only good parts, is Redmayne’s performance. It was definitely a tragedy to watch him show the progression of Hawking’s disease as each scene went by, and nothing was more heartbreaking than when he lost the ability to even eat on his own, let alone when he had to get his wheelchair. Redmayne put so much dedication and effort into this role that he even got the support of Hawking himself, and it's easy to see why. Watching him in a wheelchair, showing the effects of the disease while only being able to use what little movement of his face he could to show emotion, you really can’t see Redmayne anymore. That big of a transition into a role is amazing. “The Theory of Everything” was released on Feb. 17. While the movie seems more like the story of Hawking’s wife, rather than Hawking himself, Redmayne does redeem the film enough to make it watchable at least once and to earn his nomination for Best Actor at the Academy Awards, an award he will likely win, as he has the other awards he has been nominated for because of the role. I give it 2 out of 5 stars.]]> 177 2015-02-20 18:11:42 2015-02-20 18:11:42 open open theory-of-everything-fails-to-impress-despite-redmayne publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking Offer man brings comedy from screen to page in 'Paddle Your Own Canoe' http://localhost:8888/?p=180 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:13:53 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=180 51CD8MTSM1LOfferman begins with his childhood and how his family helped shape who he is today. Offerman was born in June of 1970 in Joliet, Illinois. He is one of four children born to Cathy and Ric Offerman. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois in 1993. From there, he and a group of friends co-founded the Defiant Theatre in Chicago. In the opening chapters of the book, it is difficult to separate the actor from the character Offerman is so well known for. It is easy to see where Offerman gets the motivation for Ron Swanson. As it continues, Offerman’s personality starts to seep in and pushes Swanson out. His raunchy and childish humor comes out. His deep love for his wife, actress Megan Mullally, becomes a recurring theme throughout the book. He makes it known that he is much more than a character on a tv show. Throughout the book, Offerman tells of rules he lives his life by. While some are g-rated, there are a few rules that throw you for a loop. “Have a vice,” he says. According to Offerman, it is OK to engage in recreational narcotics and alcohol, as long as they are enjoyed in moderation. Some of his rules are as simple as, “Say please, and thank you.” It is apparent after reading “Paddle Your Own Canoe” that Offerman lives his life, as cliche as it sounds, according to the golden rule. Offerman was not an out-of-the-box success in Hollywood. He bounced around for years as  an extra in cop dramas and sit-coms, where he met his future wife on the set of "Will & Grace." This pairing proved to be the exception to the rule of Hollywood marriages. Offerman and his wife have been married for nearly 12 years, and, by all accounts, seem to be growing stronger. Offerman is a man of many talents. Along with his successful acting career, he owns a woodworking company, where he builds, among other things, canoes. The first one Offerman built is on the cover of his book. Offerman’s writing is humorous and self-deprecating. His dry writing style gave “Paddle Your Own Canoe” life in a dry genre of literature. “Paddle Your Own Canoe” is a shining example of teaching through storytelling. Offerman wants people to get off of their phones, engage in the world around them and make meaningful connections with people close to them. He doesn't berate people for their life choices. He tries to encourage them to make choices, that he believes, will lead to a life of happiness. What was most prevalent throughout this book is the fact that he keeps true to himself. Coming from a middle class family that owned a farm, it would have been easy to go through life in obscurity. That is not what he wanted. He wanted to paddle his own canoe. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars]]> 180 2015-02-20 18:13:53 2015-02-20 18:13:53 open open offer-man-brings-comedy-from-screen-to-page-in-paddle-your-own-canoe publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking 'Interstellar' impresses with superb graphics, talented cast http://localhost:8888/?p=183 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:17:55 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=183 bgCooper and Murph are blindfolded and taken deeper into the facility. It is there that Cooper is informed by Dr. Brand and his daughter that Earth’s plight is far worse than it has been reported. The blight has affected many crops, and Earth is on the brink of worldwide catastrophe of biblical proportions. Cooper learns of a final-ditch effort to find a planet capable of sustaining the human population. It is here that Nolan’s world expands and his visual brilliance is shown. Cooper is recruited to go on an expedition to find out which of three planets are viable. Advance missions have been sent, and it is the job Cooper and his team to find them and report back to Earth. The planets that can support the human population are the carrot. The stick is that they are orbiting a black hole. Black holes have massive gravity. According to Einstein’s Law of Special Relativity, the closer one gets to a strong gravitational pull, the slower one experiences time. Basically one hour on the planets near the black hole is 20 years on Earth. Nolan’s vision is beautiful, and it was executed with precision. McConaughey, Hathaway, Caine, and Chastain are outstanding. The visuals and story make the movie interesting. Their acting makes it great. Everything about this movie kept me on the edge of my seat for three hours. Its storyline is compelling, heart warming, and exciting. Nolan is great at character portrayal. He uses McConaughey’s drama chops to show how much of a driving force is Cooper’s relationship with his daughter. Nolan is a visionary. When he teams up with great actors, he is unstoppable. I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars.]]> 183 2015-02-20 18:17:55 2015-02-20 18:17:55 open open interstellar-impresses-with-superb-graphics-talented-cast publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking wpzoom_post_template Dornan, Johnson live up to expectations in 'Fifty Shades of Grey' http://localhost:8888/?p=186 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:23:25 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=186 Jamie-Dornan-50-Shades-of-Grey-promo-2-1 The film follows the romance between Anastasia “Ana” Steele (Dakota Johnson), a 21-year-old college senior attending Washington State University in Vancouver, Washington, and the handsome, successful, and wealthy entrepreneur, Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). Ana’s best friend, Kate Kavanagh ( Eloise Mumford), writes for the student newspaper. Due to her illness, Kate persuades Ana to interview the 27-year-old Grey. Ana agrees, and things start to get heated very quickly. Ana drives to Seattle and interviews the young entrepreneur. Ana, being awkward and clumsy, stumbles through the interview because she can’t control herself in front of Christian. She finds him attractive and also intimidating. She asks her questions, and Christian responds to the best of his ability. Christian shows interest in Ana and she becomes shy. She heads back to Vancouver, trying to forget the embarrassing interview. Ana tries to get over the fact that she will never see Christian again. But behold, Christian shows up at Clayton’s, a hardware store where Ana works. While purchasing items, Ana informs Christian how Kate would love some original photos of him. Christian gives Ana his phone number and later Ana calls, arranging the photo shoot. The next morning, Ana, Kate, and photographer Jose Rodriguez ( Victor Rasuk) arrive at the Heathman Hotel where Christian is staying. After the photo shoot, Christian invites Ana to coffee. He asks Ana if she’s dating anyone, and she says no. She finds out Christian isn’t dating anyone. But she finds out he likes to keep it that way. This puts Ana on guard, because Christian tells Ana she should stay away from him. She believes she isn’t pretty enough for Christian and returns to her apartment. The couple sees each other again because Ana drunk dials Christian, and he ends up picking her up at the bar. Ana wakes up the next morning in his hotel room. Christian tells Ana he wishes to have sex with her, but he can’t touch her until she signs a contract. He goes back on his word in the elevator and makes out with Ana. After their date, Christian takes Ana back to his house and insists that she sign a non-disclosure agreement forbidding her to discuss anything that they do together. Ana signs, but Christian mentions more paperwork. There is another side of Christian that nobody knows. He is into BDSM ( erotic practices involving dominance and submission, roleplaying, and restraint). He explains to Ana that the second contract will be one of dominance and submission, and there will be no romantic relationship. fifty-shades-movie-posterAna states that she is a virgin, and Christian takes care of it that night. Throughout the days she spends with him, she becomes introduced to Christian’s world of dominance and submission. She gets spanked, whipped, and tied-up, leaving her aroused, yet also confused. I know many people are thinking this movie is just straight-up pornography, and women shouldn’t be in this kind of abusive relationship. But it isn’t pornography. Yes, the book and the movie are both graphic. But that’s why it’s stated as an erotic storyline. Ana chooses to get abused. She likes it. She wants more of it. She could have left anytime, and the ending showed that very clearly. The movie was tasteful. If you look past the sex and dominance, you will see the storyline is about a clumsy, plain Jane girl falling in love with an incredibly handsome, wealthy man who doesn’t believe in love. “Fifty Shades of Grey” was released on Feb. 14. People who are reviewing the movie negatively haven’t even seen or read the book. I think they need to watch the movie or read the book before criticizing it. When those same people see the movie or read the book, and they still don’t like it, that’s fine. But give it a chance before talking negative about it. As for me, I thought it was excellent. Dornan plays an excellent Christian Grey, and Johnson is the girl I imagined when reading the book. The film follows the book well, and that is rare when books become film adaptations. I loved this movie, and I can’t wait for the sequels. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars.]]> 186 2015-02-20 18:23:25 2015-02-20 18:23:25 open open dornan-johnson-live-up-to-expectations-in-fifty-shades-of-grey publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking Moore delivers moving performance in 'Still Alice' http://localhost:8888/?p=190 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:25:44 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=190 th birthday. la_ca_1202_still_aliceHer entire life changes, though, when she finds out she is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. She handles the news very rationally and goes to great lengths to fight it, including writing and memorizing random words and checking to see if she can remember them. Alice hides it from her family for as long as she can before they start to realize that something isn’t right with her. When she finally does decide to be honest with them, she also explains how the disease is genetic and she got it from her father, and that it would be best for all of her kids to get tested too. With her disease progressing at a fast rate, Alice has to depend more on her family. Her husband, John (Alec Baldwin), stays home with her, and her oldest daughter, Anna (Kate Bosworth) and son, Tom (Hunter Parrish), check up on her often. But when they seem too busy with their own lives, Alice finds a lot of comfort in her daughter Lydia (Kristen Stewart), who had previously put a lot of distance between herself and the family. But her family can’t make her disease go away, so Alice has to find a way to live with losing all of her memories, skills and everything that made her who she was. While Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland did a great job of directing, there is a reason the only award nomination the film has received is for Moore’s performance. It’s a great film that tells the story very well, and with the sensitivity and grace that is called for. There are even parts of the film where it's beyond frustrating, such as the kids still fighting over who is really helping Alice, and her husband receiving offers that are at the worst possible time. But that’s the sad beauty of the film, that it’s actually what can happen. The writers didn’t try to sugarcoat the plot by making everything work out for Alice and making her life as easy as it can be while she is struggling. That is definitely something worth appreciating. There aren’t enough films that have the courage to show how much worse things can get. It’s not as though this is a story that has a very big audience. People generally don’t want to see grief-stricken people struggling with an illness, because it’s too hard to watch. This film is very hard to watch, especially when taking into consideration how sad it is to watch a great mind waste away. But, something about it still leaves a lasting impression, and that something, or someone, is Moore. In the hands of any other actress, this film likely would be mediocre at best. Moore’s performance is brilliant and beautiful. It’s one of her best pieces of work. It is nothing less than stunning. The way that she shows the frustration, anxiety and fear that people with Alzheimer’s likely face is amazing. “Still Alice” was released on Dec. 4 with a limited release. However, Moore’s performance is definitely the reason to find a way to watch it. Her fear over losing the connection to who she once was is award-worthy, something she will undoubtedly receive at the Academy Awards on Feb. 22. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.]]> 190 2015-02-20 18:25:44 2015-02-20 18:25:44 open open moore-delivers-moving-performance-in-still-alice publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking Misc Logo Path http://localhost:8888/?post_type=wpzoom&p=7 Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?post_type=wpzoom&p=7 7 2014-11-20 21:03:13 0000-00-00 00:00:00 closed closed misc_logo_path draft 0 0 wpzoom 0 Misc Footerlogo Path http://localhost:8888/?post_type=wpzoom&p=8 Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?post_type=wpzoom&p=8 8 2014-11-20 21:03:13 0000-00-00 00:00:00 closed closed misc_footerlogo_path draft 0 0 wpzoom 0 Misc Favicon http://localhost:8888/?post_type=wpzoom&p=9 Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?post_type=wpzoom&p=9 9 2014-11-20 21:03:13 0000-00-00 00:00:00 closed closed misc_favicon draft 0 0 wpzoom 0 Ad Head Imgpath http://localhost:8888/?post_type=wpzoom&p=10 Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?post_type=wpzoom&p=10 10 2014-11-20 21:03:13 0000-00-00 00:00:00 closed closed ad_head_imgpath draft 0 0 wpzoom 0 Ad Home Imgpath http://localhost:8888/?post_type=wpzoom&p=11 Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?post_type=wpzoom&p=11 11 2014-11-20 21:03:13 0000-00-00 00:00:00 closed closed ad_home_imgpath draft 0 0 wpzoom 0 Ad Side Imgpath http://localhost:8888/?post_type=wpzoom&p=12 Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?post_type=wpzoom&p=12 12 2014-11-20 21:03:13 0000-00-00 00:00:00 closed closed ad_side_imgpath draft 0 0 wpzoom 0 'Selma' makes bold statement about Civil Rights Movement http://localhost:8888/?p=193 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:28:21 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=193 SELMAThe film begins with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) accepting his Nobel Peace Prize and meeting with President Lyndon B. Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) about wanting federal legislation to allow African American citizens to register to vote without restrictions. But when the president says he has more important projects to focus on, King continues doing what he always had, gathering people for peaceful protests and speaking as often as he can about the rights that African American citizens deserve. “Selma” goes on to show a few of the obstacles that King faces along the way, including people attempting to tear apart his personal life while also attacking his supporters. All of his efforts come to a head when King, along with several hundred supporters, march from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama, all in hopes of finally getting the treatment they deserve. There is no doubt about it; this film is stunning. Ava DuVernay couldn’t have done a better job with the film, and definitely couldn’t have picked a better cast for it either. Oprah Winfrey had a small, but important, part in the film as a woman being unfairly quizzed in order to stop her from voting. Carmen Ejogo, as Coretta Scott King, was incredible as well in her role as King's dutiful wife. However, while Oyelowo did perform beautifully as King, something about his performance didn’t feel complete. There were many moments when the role called for him to be scared, angry, determined, and motivational, but I rarely felt the way that the movie wants you to. Oyelowo wasn’t bad in the film, and he is definitely not a bad actor, by any means. But, considering the person he was portraying, this great figure in history who changed the world and how entire groups of people are treated, Oyelowo’s performance felt somewhat bland. Part of that could be that DuVernay didn’t leave the film to focus solely on King’s fight, but it just feels as though this was Oyelowo’s chance to shine and deliver this incredibly moving performance. He didn’t do that to his full potential. But the reason this film is such a success is because it was put in the hands of the very capable DuVernay. She created this as a way to make viewers remember their history at a time when it is needed most, using such powerful imagery that the film begs viewers to remember why what King fought for was so important. “Selma” was released on Dec. 25 and is an absolute must-see. A movie based on historical events has never felt more alive than “Selma.” A film this smart, heartfelt and moving about social justice and equality couldn’t have felt any more necessary than it does now. It does have a lot of graphic imagery, including a tragic church bombing and protesters being beaten in the streets during the marches, but it's powerful and important to see in order to stop something like this from happening again. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.]]> 193 2015-02-20 18:28:21 2015-02-20 18:28:21 open open selma-makes-bold-statement-about-civil-rights-movement publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking Smith fails in first attempt at horror genre with 'Tusk" http://localhost:8888/?p=196 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:30:36 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=196 tusk-movie-posterAfter deciding that the author of this note, a man named Howard Howe (Michael Parks), has what it takes to fill the spot left by the suicide that derailed his initial interview, Wallace takes a short trip to the man’s house. Upon his arrival, the mood turns quite mysterious, as a well-written character in Mr. Howe begins to regale Wallace with impossible stories of adventure and hardship he has lived on his way to old age, including one in which he was saved by a walrus that he named Mr. Tusk, all while serving Wallace what seems to be a harmless cup of tea. Eventually, it turns out that’s not the case, as Wallace falls out of his chair unconscious. As I’m watching this scene, my hopes for this movie are beginning to get very high, as my eyes are suddenly glued to the screen by the mysterious and poetic Mr. Howe. Unfortunately, this is where my hopes are crushed. As the plot continues, I slowly begin to lose interest in watching what proves to be a psychotic old man repeatedly drugging Long’s character and mutilating his body in different ways each time, all while telling sickening stories of  his life. By this point in the plot, Wallace’s friends, Teddy and Ally, played by Haley Joel Osment and Genesis Rodriguez, have begun looking for him. Coincidentally, this is also the point when I start looking for my cell phone for entertainment, because the movie just isn’t doing it for me anymore. While trying to find Wallace, Ally and Teddy eventually hook up with detective Guy Lapointe (Johnny Depp), who proves to be a well-written character as well, serving as an interesting and slightly comedic relief from the screaming of a mutilated Wallace and the psychotic Mr. Howe. Detective Lapointe’s character almost succeeded in bringing my full attention back to the screen, but his impact quickly wore off just as my initial interest had. Luckily, the end of the movie was close behind, and what an ending it was. I won't ruin it for you by revealing one of the most ridiculous movie endings I’ve ever seen. But what I will say is that I was happy it ended. While there are some very artistic and well written pieces to this movie, I can’t help but think that I wasted two hours of my life I will never get back. Although I enjoy Smith as the speechless half of the duo Jay and Silent Bob, this movie was not a testament to his skill as a director. I give it just two stars out of five.]]> 196 2015-02-20 18:30:36 2015-02-20 18:30:36 open open smith-fails-in-first-attempt-at-horror-genre-with-tusk publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking Passion for game lands Green in Hall of Fame http://localhost:8888/?p=199 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:41:14 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=199 Steve Green has been selected to the NJCAA Hall of Fame  DEVIN REYNA/ PLAINSMAN PRESS Steve Green has been selected to the NJCAA Hall of Fame
PLAINSMAN PRESS[/caption] He eventually moved on to the collegiate level, playing at Oklahoma Christian University, an experience that he says has impacted his career as an assistant and head coach at the collegiate level. “As far as style, I’ve picked up bits and pieces along the way,” said Green. “As the game has changed, I’ve changed too. I’ve worked for several good coaches and got some ideas from them.” Green’s experience as a player has had a strong affect on his coaching philosophy, as well as his ability to connect with young athletes going through some of the same triumphs and tribulations that he once did himself. “I see, on occasion, some shared experiences,” said Green. “I’ve gone through the same things you know. I’ve pretty well seen both the good and bad before.” Green’s head coaching career began at Howard College, after a short stint as an assistant coach at the University of Houston. The affect Green had on the basketball program at HC was immediate and profound, as he took a team that had consistently missed the regional tournament to the number one-ranked team in the nation. “I decided I wanted to give it a shot myself, so I took that position,” said Green. “I had really good help. I think we had a number one ranking my second and third year. We won a lot of games.” After winning his first NJCAA Region V Championship in the 1990-1991 season at Howard College, Green made the move to Midland College, where he won his second Region V championship in four years as a head coach. After the 1994 season, Green accepted a job as assistant basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at San Diego State University, where he stayed until 1999. Green then went on to an assistant coaching job at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. After just one year as an assistant at A&M-Corpus Christi, Green accepted the head coach position at SPC, a job he says became available at just the right time. “What made me come here was the timing,” said Green. “I knew what the potential here was, and we had family here as well. So it just looked like all the stars were lining up, and it looked like it would be a great decision.” Green’s instincts about SPC were right on the money. Entering his 15th season at SPC, Green has a 352-97 record overall. Since he arrived in 2000, Green’s teams have won four Region V championships, five Western Junior College Athletic Conference championships, and two National Championships, one of which capped a 36-0 season in 2011. “There’s nothing like winning,” said Green. “Nothing compares to it at all. There is just nothing like winning that I know of.” After 15 years at SPC, and nearly three decades as a basketball coach, Green received what many would call the highest honor a coach could receive when he was selected to the NJCAA Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January. “My first response to that was that I owed a whole lot of people a lot of appreciation,” said Green. “I started going through, in my mind, all the assistant coaches I had, and how much they were responsible for this reward.” Although Green has reached the Hall of Fame, he doesn’t seem content in his success. He still strives to come out to Texan Dome every day and coach his team to be the very best they can be. “Anything you do in competition you want to win,” said Green.  “I want to have great practice every day. I want every day to be a positive experience, and I want to win every game. That’s why we go to practice; that’s why we go to work.” After all the years of work, play, trophies, and defeats, the love Green feels for the game of basketball has not faded. “Try to enjoy what you’re doing every day,” said Green, “and when you have those bad days, try to remember why you’re there. People used to tell me, ‘Why are you coaching? I said, ‘Because it beats working.”]]>
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Lady Texans keeping tournament hopes alive http://localhost:8888/?p=202 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:47:06 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=202 Sophomore Johnesha Major shoots a jump shot over Howard College's Tamara York, 23, on Feb. 5 at Texan Dome ASHTON LAFUENTE/ PLAINSMAN PRESS Sophomore Johnesha Major shoots a jump shot over Howard College's Tamara York, 23, on Feb. 5 at Texan Dome
ASHTON LAFUENTE/ PLAINSMAN PRESS[/caption] SPC went on an 11-0 run, sparked by a 3-pointer from freshman Tanae Ramos, putting the Lady Texans up by 13 points. The run was finally ended by a 3-pointer from Clarendon. After a quick timeout, the Lady Texans came out of the huddle to go on a 6-0 run, expanding their lead to 20 points. The Lady Bulldogs fought back and cut the lead to 12 points, before SPC grabbed the 15-point victory. Randle led the Lady Texans in scoring with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Norris also had a double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds. The Lady Texans battled the Howard College Lady Hawks in a close fought contest on Feb. 5 at Texan Dome. The two teams battled back and forth for the majority of the first half. SPC was able to push the lead to five points before the intermission, taking a 24-19 lead into the locker room. Entering the second half of play, the game remained evenly matched. The game came down to the final 30 seconds. With the score tied at 51, Ramos knocked down a shot in the paint to give SPC the 53-51 victory. The victory snapped a three game losing streak for the Lady Texans. Three Lady Texans scored in double figures, with Norris leading the way with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures were Randle with 11 points and Ramos with 10 points. The Lady Texans travelled to Hobbs, N.M. on Feb. 9 to take on New Mexico Junior College, which entered the game undefeated in Western Junior College Athlete Conference play. SPC fought to stay in the game, but struggled with shooting all night. NMJC shot 53 percent from the field, helping them pull away for a 80-51 victory. Freshman Paris Townsend led the Lady Texans with 11 points. Also scoring for the Lady Texans were freshman Taylor Osborn with seven points,  while Norris, Blevie Luccheesi and Victoria Lopez each added six points. SPC is now tied for fourth with Frank Phillips and remain in tournament contention. The Lady Texans are set to take on Frank Phillips College on Feb. 19. Both teams are tied for the fourth spot in the WJCAC Region V tournament. Results were not available at press time.]]>
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Controversial calls raise questions about female referees in NBA http://localhost:8888/?p=206 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:50:39 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=206 Brittany Brown Sports Editor Brittany Brown
Sports Editor[/caption] Sensitivity is a trait constantly being associated with the female gender. Lauren Holtkamp, one of only two full-time referees for the National Basketball Association, definitely let her sensitivity get in the way of her job. In a recent game featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Clippers, Holtkamp called two controversial technical fouls against the Clippers. The first technical foul she called was against all-star point guard Chris Paul with 10:17 left in the third quarter. Paul tried to inbound the ball quickly because his team was down and was given a technical after Holtkamp said, “uh-uh” and Paul asked, “why, uh-uh?” During the play there was nothing that is shown that looks to be worthy of a technical foul. Paul and his teammate had every night to be upset. In the heat of the moment, worse things have been said or done that have been brushed over. “I don’t care what nobody says, I don’t care what she says; that’s terrible. "Paul said in a post-game interview. "There’s no way that can be a tech. That’s ridiculous. If that’s the case, this might not be for her.” The second technical foul was handed to DeAndre Jordan with 9:30 left in the third quarter after screaming for a foul after a contested put-back basket. Holtkamp’s explanation to Jordan was that she called it because she thought he was talking to her. Even if he was talking to her, she is a ref in a competitive league. These men are playing to win, and she shouldn’t be so offended when a player becomes emotional during a play. “She said that she thought I was talking to her," Jordan told ESPN. "She made a call, and I talked to the other refs and they disagreed with it.” If he would have screamed in her face or said something after the play, it would be different. But Jordan scored, screamed, and proceeded to run back on defense. The Clippers may not think the calls contributed to their loss, but they lost by 11 points. There were five technical fouls called, and three were questionable. Referees, in general, need to put on their big boy and big girl pants when they step on the court, realizing that they come to do a job and so do the players. They try to play too big of a role in the game. Paul, along with several other Clippers who are members of the National Basketball Players Association, ensure everyone that their displeasure had nothing to do with the fact that she is a woman. But she had questionable calls in another game featuring the Miami Heat. Women deserve the same opportunities as men. But if one can’t handle heated situations without being easily offended, then, like Paul said, it might not be the job for her.]]>
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Track teams shatter records in recent performances http://localhost:8888/?p=208 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:54:41 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=208 Jose Martinez and Colton Hollis practice at the track on the Loveland campus on Feb. 16. ASHTON LAFUENTE/ PLAINSMAN PRESS Jose Martinez and Colton Hollis practice at the track on the Loveland campus on Feb. 16.
ASHTON LAFUENTE/ PLAINSMAN PRESS[/caption] Sophomore Chrisann Gordon set a NJCAA-all time record in the 400-meter dash, posting a time of 52.41, a school record in the event and receiving national honors as the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the week. Sophomore Domonique Williams posted a time of 53.82 in the women’s 400-meter dash. After that performance, Williams ranks second in the NJCAA and fourth on SPC’s all-time list. Shaquan Burris finshed in a tie for ninth in the high jump with a jump of 1.767 meters. In the 4x400-meter relay, Diamond Gause, Gordon, Medinah Spencer and Williams placed eighth place with a time of 3:35.77, which would beat the NJCAA record of 3:37.57, also held by South Plains College. In men’s competition, Isaac Clark set a personal best in the 800-meter dash, posting a time of 1:51.06, which would rank number 2 in the NJCAA. The men’s 4x400-meter relay, consisting of of Fred Kerley, Renard Howell, Isaac Clark, and Jereem Richards, posted a time of 3:07.69. It was the meet to remember for both the Lady Texans and Texans, as fast times were recorded and school records were broken during the University of New Mexico Collegiate Classic on Feb. 6-Feb. 7 in Albuquerque, N.M. A total of eight SPC athletes set records during the two days. For the Lady Texans, the 4x400-meter relay team finished second with a time of 3.37.57, a season-best time as well as the NJCAA-leading time. Gordon had a time of 52 seconds in the second leg of the relay and ranks 15th nationally among all collegiate athletes in the United States, including NCAA Division I universities. In other results, Anyi Garcias-Solis finished in a three-way tie for fourth in the women’s high jump with a jump of 1.69 meters. In men’s competition, Earnest Mosheleketi placed first with a jump of 51-7.75 and currently leads the NJCAA by 16 inches after his performance. Richards produced another indoor best, as he placed second in the 200-meter dash with a time 20.66. Sophomore Antibahs Kibiwott placed first in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:33.69. Jose Martinez placed third in the event with a time of 8:47.72. Martinez also produced a season and lifetime best in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:34.72. His time currently ranks second behind Kibiwott. Jacob Clark led the NJCAA after posting a time of 1:19.04 in the 600-meter run. Isaac Clark was close behind, as he has the third best time after his performance in the same event with a time of 1:19.59. The men’s 4x400 meter relay team finished fourth with a time of 3:10.65. In the men’s 60-meter dash, sophomore Odean Skeen finished fourth with a time of 6.73. The meet in Albuquerque gave the Texans and Lady Texans an opportunity to test the track team for the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held March 6-March 7 in Albuquerque.]]>
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Little League champs penalized for ineligible players http://localhost:8888/?p=211 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:58:13 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=211 Nick Alvarado Staff Writer Nick Alvarado
Staff Writer[/caption] When we think of Chicago baseball, we think of the Chicago Cubs and the White Sox. But one team has taken spotlight for the wrong reasons. As we recall last summer, the little league team out of Chicago, founded by baseball legend, Jackie Robinson, advanced to the international championship game but lost to the surprise winner South Korea 6 to 0. The Jackie Robinson West team is making the news due to the fact that they have played illegal players outside of their geographical boundaries and the Little League Association stripped them of their U.S. title that they won in the Little League World Series by defeating Las Vegas, Nevada 6-0. It is extremely disappointing to see this happening to 9 and 10 year olds playing America’s past-time sport, baseball, due to the fact that many of these players worked countless hours and practiced for approximately 4 months to get to the Little League’s biggest stage and to be televised on national television. This problem is not the kid’s fault however. The coaches made a huge mistake by picking up players from other parts of Chicago and giving them a place on the team. This is very similar to college coaches recruiting top-notch high school players and trying to give them a spot on their team. Recruiting in Little League is obviously illegal and shows the kids that coaches that do these illegal actions usually make the team feel bad about themselves since the coach doesn’t have the belief of his players that he already has. The Jackie Robinson West team didn’t have this problem as we saw on national television as they advanced to the international championship game. For other teams that lost against the Jackie Robinson West team, it was an utter shock to them and for one team, a very bitter sweet moment. The New Albany Little League was filled with happiness as they were crowned by the Little League, the Great Lakes regional champions. Many kids on the team said that they were “shocked and really happy,” about the feeling of being crowned the regional champions. The New Albany coach, Josh Biven, said “It kind of makes it real,” after receiving many text messages from friends and family about the news. If this was caught before the world series started, the outcome of the games and possibly the tournament would have been much more different than anyone would have expected. The Las Vegas team had a more serious feeling than the New Albany team since they played the Chicago team in the national championship game. Many kids knew that it could have been an opportunity to become little league world champions and to be remembered as the first Las Vegas team ever to win a Little League World Series.]]>
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WNBA star criticized for decision to rest http://localhost:8888/?p=214 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:02:36 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=214 Josh Ramirez Opinion Editor Josh Ramirez
Opinion Editor[/caption] With the beginning of the WNBA season still months away, league star Diana Taurasi has already made national headlines for what she plans not to do. Taurasi, a guard for the Phoenix Mercury, recently announced that she will sit out the 2015 WNBA season after receiving an offer from her Russian club, UMMC Ekaterinburg, to rest, in preperation for winter play overseas. Taurasi is, without a doubt, one of, if not the most recognizable player in the WNBA. She has led the Mercury to three championships in 2007, 2009, and last season. Along with her three titles, Taurasi has a slew of awards to go with those championship trophies, including five scoring titles and two finals MVPs. She also has been selected to the WNBA all-star team seven times in her career. However, when it comes to the WNBA, it seems it is more of a part-time job for Taurasi when compared to her situation overseas. Top female American ball players can make up to almost 20 times more money than they would in America, since veterans get paid an average of $108,000, compared to $2 million overseas. When asked about her decision to sit out the 2015 season, Taurasi responded in a letter to fans saying, “The year-round nature of women’s basketball takes its toll, and the financial opportunity with my team in Russia would have been irresponsible to turn down.” Some have criticized the WNBA star for sitting out in America. But how can anyone really blame her?635585805821686919-USATSI-8081333 It’s a known fact that the WNBA gets very little recognition in America, compared to the NBA. Until her decision to sit out made national news, I didn’t know anything about Taurasi, and she is one of the most well known players in league history. She has won multiple championships and MVPs, but I still didn’t know her name. And I don’t think many of you did either. So why would she ever choose to turn down a deal that pays her more to rest than to play? Laurel J. Richie, the president of the WNBA, even released a statement supporting Taurasi’s decision to sit out, which said, “I think foremost I totally understand and respect her decision to take a rest. She's been playing at an incredibly high level for 10 years, so I understand and appreciate that." While the fans the WNBA does have may see this as a bit of a betrayal, I fully support Taurasi's decision to sit out fort the 2015 WNBA season. Owners, coaches, and GMs have made business decisions for years without always considering the moral part of their actions, or how it would affect the fans. So to ridicule a player for doing the same seems very hypocritical to me.]]>
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Silver return derailed by positive drug test http://localhost:8888/?p=218 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:05:12 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=218 Josh Ramirez Opinion Editor Josh Ramirez
Opinion Editor[/caption] After suffering a horrific and possible career-ending injury, legendary Mixed Martial Arts fighter Anderson Silva recently returned to the UFC only to have his career derailed a second time. “The Spider” Silva recently made his long-awaited return at UFC 183 against Nick Diaz. But just days after, his return on Jan. 31 was overshadowed by something no one in the MMA world was expecting. A few days following the fight, news broke confirming that Silva had tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. “The Spider” tested positive for two banned substances, drostanolone and methyltestosterone, both of which are used to boost atheletice performance. Drostanolone is a PED that has been used regularly by combat athletes. However, methyltestosterone which is rarely seen in combat athletes, is a fast-acting oral steriod that helps to build lean muscle mass quickly. Silva being caught for using PEDs is not something that anyone could have predicted, since Silva has never tested positive before, and was on record as being a believer in a clean sport. Silva even condemned the use of PEDs in a previous interview, saying, “This is not bad for me; this is bad for the sport. When the guys test for the steroids, it’s bad, because this is a problem.” silvaSilva’s return against Diaz ended in a unanimous decision, as Silva won every round of the bout. But he is now facing the wrath of the Nevada state athletic commission, which will likely hand down a short suspension before deciding what Silva’s final punishment will be. However, in my eyes, Silva has seen the writing on the wall. As a 39-year-old fighter, it's not a surprise that “The Spider” isn’t as fast or strong as he once was, and I suspect he knows this better than anyone. This is evident due to the fact that he was willing to use PEDs at all. He went back on values that he had strongly expressed in private and in public. Unless Silva truly believed he needed theses drugs to compete, I don’t believe he would have used them. This is a man who has been a competitive fighter for the UFC since 2000 and a former middleweight champion with a 34-6-0 record and 10 title defenses. He has made an impact on the sport of MMA that only fighters such as the legendary Royce Gracie, or the iconic personality of Ken Shamrock, have done before him. So why now? Why would a man who will likely go down as one of the greatest competitive fighters in history use PEDs at this point in his career? It’s because he must do so. I believe that Silva turned to steriods in order to repair a battered and aging body that wasn’t up to the rigors of training and competing like it once was, as well as to return to the sport that he loves and once dominated without question. Otherwise, I don’t see why he  would take the chance of tarnishing his legacy by using something he didn’t absolutely need. It just wouldn’t make sense. Unfortunately, after the positive steroid test, when I think about his return in UFC 183, I can’t help but think that Silva will prove to be a shell himself, leaving only memories of what he was and what he will never be again.]]>
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Texans fighting for chance at championship http://localhost:8888/?p=221 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:08:31 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=221 221 2015-02-20 19:08:31 2015-02-20 19:08:31 open open texans-fighting-for-chance-at-championship publish 0 0 post 0 _edit_last wpzoom_is_featured wpzoom_is_breaking wpzoom_post_template Views READY TO RUMBLE... http://localhost:8888/?p=227 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:13:04 +0000 http://localhost:8888/?p=227 MMA fighting gaining popularity in Lubbock

MMA has taken one-on-one combat sports to a whole new level. “MMA stands for Mixed Martial Arts, and what it comes down to is a little bit of boxing, kickboxing, karate, jujitsu, judo and it’s all mixed in,” explains Rosie Barker, owner of The Boxing Club in Lubbock. “It’s learning stand-up fighting, and round fighting. You have a little bit of everything, and it’s hard on the body. But it’s very competitive right now.” People who want to train in MMA don’t know where to start. According to Barker, for a beginner, they’ll have to start off with a base. “You have to have a base or a foundation,” Barker told the Plainsman Press in a recent interview. “If you were a black belt in jujitsu, which takes a long time to get, you can expand by learning boxing and kick boxing. At the gym here, I tell them to get a base. I tell them to learn the hands first, learn how to kick and eventually learn how to go lower. The students learn how to take down, grabbing and things of that nature.” MMA has recently become a popular combat sport to participate in and to watch, according to Barker. “I lived in San Diego for 23 years, and it was already getting big up there,” Barker said.  “Here, in MMA, it’s still a male dominant sport. It still opens up doors for other people. It’s embraced more by the younger generation. They have a lot of energy, and they need to release it somehow. So it’s embraced more by the younger teens, older adults. So it’s extremely popular.” However, MMA isn’t always fun and enjoyable. It takes discipline and conditioning to a whole new level. MMA students who are training have to have self-control when it comes to conditioning. “There is a lot of conditioning involved for MMA fighting,” Barker explained. “You have to be in shape, because there isn’t room to take a break. When you’re in shape, you can focus and have good technique. The minute you lose that ability to stay conditioned, there are things you forget, or you become lazy.” Barker continued, “You have to have good hands and good foot work, or they’ll take you down. We teach short weapons, and we teach long weapons. We teach angles, and we teach movement. It’s very important to condition in MMA.” A really important part of training for MMA fighting is being sure to get a lot of cardio exercise. “Running miles, jump roping, basically anything that brings your heart rate going up high,” Barker explained. “You have certain things you have to do in the gym. But you also have a lot of things you have to do by yourself. You have to do your running.” Many people benefit from the training and learning of a combat sport. The two major benefits of training in MMA is losing weight and getting in shape, Barker says. MMA benefits both men and women differently. “We women will do anything for a workout, so we have several benefits,” Barker explained. “We’ll go to the extreme. It’s very therapeutic, and it’s very expensive to hit these bags. You release stress, and it’s also fun. The bonus is you learn a skill, whether if you want to use it as a competitive skill or self-defense. Self-defense is a big thing for us women.” The men’s perspective of training in MMA is different compared to a women’s perspective, according to Barker. “Men get competitive, so they want to train in boxing or kickboxing,” Barker said. “They do it for the whole MMA aspect of it.” According to Barker, another benefit of learning the art of MMA is to release aggression and anger that can build up in bodies. “Some people that train in MMA have some parts in their life that’s rough, and if this is a better way to handle it, then it’s definitely encouraged,” Barker said. “I have people that bring me kids from the streets who aren’t doing very well, and they need discipline. And in my opinion, I fully believe that people need that therapy.” Training in MMA doesn’t always automatically make you want to go pro. Some people train for the benefits, or for the enjoyment. But when someone does want to train, it takes a lot of time and effort. “The people that train in MMA have classes every day,” Barker said. “They train two to three times, two to three hours a day. The people that I used to know would train in conditioning, in jujitsu, and then they would train in the cage, and that doesn’t even include the diets.” James Yaeger, MMA coach at Premier Martial Arts, also competes in MMA. “How I started coaching MMA, it started when I was a student,” Yaeger explained. “I’m a martial arts nerd. I’ve competed in three fights this past year. I had my first fight, and I lost. After the loss, I told my instructor I didn’t get the feeling of it. So I told him I wanted to fight again, and I did.” Yaeger says at his MMA school there are only a selective few who join the MMA team. It takes commitment, and another major aspect is respect. “To be on our team, you have to put time and effort,” Yaeger said. “You have to be fully committed, and you have to have respect. You carry the name of our school, and if you’re a thug and you don’t have respect, we don’t play that.” Several people have a hard time understanding the difference between MMA and just martial arts. John Liles, a MMA coach at Premier Martial Arts, says the major difference in MMA and martial arts is the lack of respect. “If you have ever seen UFC, and if you see a fight between a guy that just trains in MMA and another guy that trained in martial arts and then got into MMA, when the two fight you can see the respect difference,” Liles explains.  “At the end of the fight, the martial artist always goes over and checks on his opponent to see if he’s OK, and then celebrates. The other celebrates immediately, and sometimes you can see them throwing hand gestures while he’s laying on the ground, and he makes fun of them. That’s the worst part in MMA.” Liles says he feels strongly about the lack of respect MMA gets. He feels every sport, including combat sports, should show respect for opponents. “Take a look at any other sport,” Liles explains.  “Do you see the winners go over there to the losers and start giving them hand gestures? With any competition, there should be a level of respect for your opponent, because he had to train just as hard as you did to get where you’re at. At the end of the fight, you can celebrate. But also show some respect to the other guy who lost instead of getting in his face.” [gallery ids="228,229,230,231,232,233" orderby="rand"]]]>
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