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Budget cuts may leave federal work study students permanently jobless By Belen Casillas Managing Editor On campus jobs that are funded by the federal Department of Education are undergoing change, making the existence of the Federal Work Study program questionable in the future. The art of balancing school and work can be one of the hardest challenges for a student, which has many in search of an on-campus job. Due to the Sequestration Order for Fiscal Year 2013 signed by President Barack Obama on March 1, the challenge may be getting a little tougher. The overall $85 billion dollar cut will decrease $28.7 billion funding to domestic programs such as the FWS and will affect the academic year of 2013 to 2014. “Less job opportunity for students will be seen next year
if the budget cut happens,” said Molly Williams, Tyler Junior College’s financial aid manager and former federal work study program overseer. Currently, a total of 89 TJC students are hired through the program. The federal government will decided the continuation of 47 of those positions and 42 will be decided through the Texas state government. Although no final decisions have been made on the job cuts, the possible elimination will push students to search for jobs off campus. “It will have some kind of effect on the students that are working and then that would trickle up to the campus in some point, in some fashion,” said Williams. The fear in cutting the work studies budget is that a ripple — see jobless page 11 —
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History in the making: Tyler Junior College President Dr. Mike Metke announced the purchase of the Wesley Foundation building outside the Methodist Student Center on March 5, the new partnership will bring new residential options for students.
Changes are coming to campus this fall By Sam Fiser Staff Writer Tyler Junior College is testing a new approach to expansion by allowing the Wesley Foundation to lease one of its dorms. In exchange, TJC will gain the former Wesley Foundation building next to the Baptist Student Ministry on Baxter Avenue. “Essentially, they lease West Hall for a number of years but we still retain ownership of that building,” said Bill King, executive director of facilities and con-
struction. “We like to grow. Any property we can obtain around campus is valuable because it adds to our asset portfolio.” King also sees this as an opportunity to diversify the student body. “Not many community colleges have housing for students on campus, so it’s very special that we take advantage of this opportunity to really grow, especially socially.” Because West Hall is one of the older buildings on campus, there are more than a couple of renovations that need to take place before the building will be considered ready for the Methodist students to
move in. The newly named “Wesley House” will have enough room for 40 students to call home. The renovations will also include extra office space and large gathering areas. “I think it will be exciting to see what West Hall looks like after going through the transformation. Sometimes students forget about the smaller dorms and I’m sure this change will make West Hall stand out and get other students interested in the Wesley Foundation,” said — see Wesley page 11 —
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Emergency situations are entirely situational, Tyler Junior College Campus PD says, but the problem then becomes that many students and faculty are not prepared in advance for an array of potential emergencies. “It’s important now, especially since it’s been happening a lot now in other schools and even community colleges,” said Brandy Moreno, freshman Nursing student. “I attended Lone Star College for a while, and even they had a shooter there.” The problem with educating students and faculty about what to do before an emergency is that not every emergency scenario is identical and each requires a different response, Campus PD Executive Director Dr. Tom Johnson said. “There is not one plan that is going to save us any more,” he said. “It just don’t exist.” So campus police seem to be relying on communication with students and faculty once an emergency occurs. Campus PD said that one of the main ways of contacting students in an emergency is through the Apache Alert system texting service. However, Moreno, along with countless other TJC students the Apache Pow Wow interviewed, does not have the service. Students are instructed to keep phones out of sight during class time, which means any emergency message sent via text will have to wait. In addition, emergency flipcharts describing what to do in various situations are supposed to be in every classroom, but many have been taken down. Campus PD said they are being revised because they are out of date. “People do like they’re trained, and we don’t want them to do the wrong thing,” said Dr. Johnson. “Communication is our number one way of getting the information to them on what to do for their particular situation.” Other means of communicating during an emergency are through the college website, emails and over office phones. But these are not helpful unless someone is in front of a computer. While many shootings occur at large universities, community colleges are not immune to a gunman’s attack. In January, Houston-area Lone Star College was faced with a shooting situation that could have turned into disaster. According to officials, a shooting broke out after an altercation between two students, leaving four people hospitalized with injuries. As the fourth largest university in the U.S., Texas A&M, a campus spanning 5,500 acres and 60 times TJC’s size, has a distinct way of communicating with students in case of an emergency. A&M Campus PD works with the city when there is a threat to the school, which they call Code Maroon. While every scenario is different, using text alerts, a website that is only active during an emergency, classroom PA systems, social media, and well-prepared faculty are all essential to Code Maroon’s effectiveness. “Every scenario is different. If you’re on the south end of campus and there’s a gunman on the far north end of campus, your actions are going to be a lot different than someone in the immediate area with the gunman,” said A&M Police Lieutenant Allan Baron. “Having an emergency operations plan is very important to have for any institution so that when you do have emergencies that occur, you’re prepared.” Former UT-Tyler student Madeline Porter, who now attends Texas A&M, has experienced numerous campus emergency situations this year but said students are well informed when it comes to a plan. “At UT-Tyler, we never really had a problem like that, but this year alone at A&M has had so many bomb and shooter threats,” she said. “We all get Code Maroon text messages or check the website, and it tells us exactly what to do right then.” TJC’s neighbor, UT-Tyler, has a plan of its own in place for emergencies. While they acknowledge that emergencies are situational, the campus, situated on approximately 300 acres, has methods of alerting students consisting of text, email alerts, phone notifications, amplified outdoor and indoor warning systems, Facebook, Twitter, university emergency website, or any combination of these alerts, said Beverley Golden, director of Marketing and Communications at — see POLICE page 11 —
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By Taylor Griffin Editor-in-Chief Nowadays, the concept stop, drop and roll can only get a person so far. With the ever-growing list of college campus shootings, many institutions are beginning to rethink their past methods of safety. A common argument is that common sense will kick in should a shooter or the like ever invade the campus. However, the opposite is quite true. In a fight-orflight situation like the aforementioned, common sense is thrown out the window. Then what? I spoke with Texas A&M, a school known far and wide for their safety pre-
cautions. Their reputable system, Code Maroon, consists of text alerts, information posted on a specific website, PA systems and social media, to name a few. The point is, that Aggie students are well aware when something goes awry on campus. Each area of communication is covered, and they leave no holes in making sure every student knows what to do. In my last column, I had a call to action for Campus Police and TJC administration. I had the chance to sit down with Campus PD authorities to discuss my concerns with the current system and offer suggestions from a student’s point of view. While it is important to note that Campus PD claims to be currently working on new systems of safety, it is alarming to me as a student that in a life-or-death situation on campus, I wouldn’t have the slightest clue what to do other than what my “common sense” directs me to do. Arguably, the Apache Alerts text system would be the most effective way to reach students. However, because it is not a requirement, not every student has signed up for it. To be quite honest, I unsubscribed from it for a while because I was receiving far too many announcements about blood drives and bingo games. In fact, after interviewing numer-
ous people in Rogers Student Center and around campus, only a small percentage of them somewhat knew what to do in case of an emergency, only because they learned it in high school. What’s even more alarming is the fact that many faculty and staff members do not know what to do themselves, and the ones who do only assume they know. It’s a scary thought to imagine a professor—the leader of the class—in the same boat as you. The lanyard policy has prevented stacks of crime reports from cluttering the Campus PD station, even receiving state recognition. However, it is time to channel that energy into something just as dire. Bottom line: while there may be a plan in place in the event of an emergency like a shooter on campus, not enough students know what to do. While certainly every situation is circumstantial and different from each other, there still needs to be more effort to inform the students so that they know to handle the situation. It is imperative to start informing the people this college lives for—the students—before, and not after, it becomes just another statistic.
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High School diploma no longer enough Associates Degree is now required for many jobs By Amber Jones Staff Writer In the last several years, there have been more and more institutions in Texas offering inverted degrees that embrace technical classes in the applied science field to train students for jobs in the developing economy. An inverted degree focuses mainly on the skills a person needs in the work place rather than a general education. “The myth that is out there a lot is even though you’re out there getting a two-year technical degree, it’s a non-transferable degree so basically it dies after the community and junior college level, and that is not the case,” said Stephanie Arriola, lead academic advisor from Tyler Junior College located in the Pirtle Technology Building. Even though a student has a two-year technical degree, that does not mean it is transferable, because it all depends on how it is done. The job market today has a get-it-done attitude which makes people look into getting a two-year degree even more. “We’re seeing that employers are looking for more tangible skills, which are focused on in a twoyear degree right away,” said Don Blaine, professor
of Business Management. Many TJC courses in the School of Professional and Technical Programs are industry or tradesbased programs, and students are learning a specific trade within a two-year time frame. Some of the degrees even require a Capstone program which is a job shadowing program, another aspect is where companies with TJC to help students complete their degree. In some cases a student’s current job suffices. “The good thing about nursing and a few other careers is if you’re in there and working for the hospital or institution, they may pay for your tuition to pay for your bachelor’s degree through a tuition reimbursement program,” said Paul Monagan, dean of the school of nursing and health professions. The reasons to pursue an associate’s degree vary from person to person. Some need different types of upper level education or have even been laid off. The decision depends on the students’ needs and goals. “For example, when the local Good Year plant was shut down officially a few years back, we got a lot of their employees. They were coming back to school to learn a new trade to continue to work and be productive in society, because they weren’t quite ready for retirement yet,” said Arriola.
CNN Money did a study over associate’s degrees called, “Community college grads out-earn bachelor’s degree holders.” “Nearly 30% of Americans with associate’s degrees now make more than those with bachelor’s degrees,” according to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. “Those people right out of the Associate Department of Science Degrees are making more than someone like me and I’m an academic advisor…. Do I need to go back and get a career change?” said Seth Clark, academic advisor in Roger Student Center. “Look at some of the most successful people in business, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg… They performed on the job,” said Blaine. TJC gets right down to the basics of what a student needs to perform on the job. A four-year degree still does valuable, but the market economy has been shifting and focusing on more tangible skills. “If we can do a good job preparing the students and the employers are satisfied with the skills that they have when they leave here then that’s great,” said Blaine.
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Tutoring still being offered Free tutoring is still available in Potter 110. Students can ask for individual tutoring or go to the walk-in sessions.
phi pheta kappa takes first place Tyler Junior College Phi Pheta Kappa took top honors at the Texas Regional Convention.
tjc speech and debate team takes the win The Speech and Debate team spent three days in competition at the Phi Rho Pi Regional VI Championship. TJC claimed first in nine out of 14 events. The team won first place in Debate Sweepstakes, Individual Sweepstakes, and Overall Sweepstakes.
Debt, low wages keep young people from American Dream Millenials worry that school loans will prevent them from owning a car or house
Part 2 By Ashleigh Brents News Editor Young adults are less in debt than they were a decade ago. According to some sources, that’s not always a good thing. It’s not because young adults are fiscally responsible, it’s more than likely that their jobs do not pay enough or they are still paying off student loan debt. Tyler Junior College student, Joseph Haddad, 19, said that at the moment he can’t imagine buying a house or car. “If they (young people) have a whole lot of money I can understand that. Personally, I wouldn’t buy one so young, just because I don’t have the income for it,” said Haddad. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not possible for a young person to own a car or a home. Young people can apply for loans. “We make loans to people all ages 18 and up. It is not as common for younger individuals to apply. But we do have them apply and occasionally make loans to individuals in that age range (18 to 25),” said Brian Merritt, Senior Vice President at Southside Bank. The share of younger households owning their own homes fell to 34 percent in 2011, which is down from 40 percent in 2007, according to the Pew Research Center. Jonathan Wolf has been selling houses since 2002 and said that having debt or student loans doesn’t always hurt a person. “If you have major student loans, the loan processors in the government, they understand that. It really just depends on how much you are making. They look at it in a ratio type of way,” said Wolf who is a realtor for RE/MAX. “They are basically looking at it pretty simple, ‘can this person pay a loan they are fixing to get?’ And if they can see good history.” This is the same for bankers who are giving loans to make these large purchases. “When we look at making a loan decision, the first thing we’re going to look for is credit worth. They need that credit experience meaning that they have previous loans with another institution or previous loan with Southside that
someone may have consigned for that and guaranteed,” said Merritt. “The next step is the repay. Do the applicants have the income to repay the loan in the prescribed time frame? And then from that point, we start looking at the collateral involved in the transaction and the structure of the transaction itself.” If a young person just out of college works for a company for six months and they are making $30,000 a year. They probably have about $10-15,000 in student loans. Wolf said lenders need to know that the person has a job and that same job for two years. “Two years seems to show more consistency. That’s what lenders are looking for,” said Wolf. Merritt said that having a job for two years doesn’t make or break the possible buyer but it does factor into the equation. Because a loan application is a fluid document, there are multiple pieces to consider. The stability does have an impact on the ability to pay. If a person is looking to buy a house or a car, Wolf says to go and speak with a lender. A person needs to know exactly what the monthly payment needs to be. The lender can tell them give or take $100. Student loan debt does have an impact on getting a loan for a car or house because lenders look at how much a person makes each month compared to how much they owe. “It has an impact on the loan process because it is a part of…if you factor in the income ratio within the amount of loan payments a person has. Calculated as a ratio, you can compare it to the amount of monthly income they have,” said Merritt. “And so by having lots of student debt, you started out with a lot of payments to begin with. That’s going to take away from the amount of money you can borrow to buy a house, buy a car, or any other purpose you would need a loan for.” The Huffington Post reports that about 284,000 Americans with degrees are working minimum wage jobs. That’s 70 percent more college grads working for the minimum wage than 10 years ago. But the number is down from 2010’s high of 327,000. It goes to show that young adults are seeing several signs of financial stress such as job insecurity, foreclosures on homes, and high college costs. It’s making many young people think twice before they apply for a loan. Young people are reluctant to take on more debt.
Early morning breakfast ends with resisting arrest By Jake Spadie Staff Writer A Tyler Junior College student was arrested in February for a public disturbance. Andrew Gibbs was arrested on Feb. 27 for disturbing the peace in Valley Services/Rogers Student Center. “We truly… care about the safety and well-being of our students,” said Executive Director of Security and Public Services Careers Thomas A. Johnson. “Unfortunately, students make poor choices that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.” At approximately 7:15 a.m. a complaint of a public disturbance was reported to Campus Police. Police responded to the disturbance caused when Gibbs tried to get breakfast, but because he was not
Photo from Smith County Jail wearing his TJC lanyard, the cafeteria staff would not let him through. Gibbs continued to try and get breakfast but was further stopped by staff. As Gibbs persisted to get through, other TJC faculty intervened.
Gibbs was then taken by Campus Police to the police station, but Gibbs resisted the arrest. He was then detained and taken to Smith County Jail. TJC has a strict policy of students misbehaving, and severe action was taken to detain Gibbs. Gibbs’s action was then directed to Dean of Students, Damian Williams, and was criminally trespassed from all TJC property. Since being removed from TJC, Gibbs was arrested on March 14 for an assault on a family member in Frisco. He is currently being held in Collin County Jail in Frisco. Any students who have information of a crime which needs to be reported should call the Campus Police at (903) 510-2222.
learning support services workshops The Learning Support Services is offering free workshops for Memory, college transcript and scholarship information, and Time Management. For more information on these workshops call Danna Reed at 903-510-3114.
tjc writing center offers three workshops The TJC Writing Center will be offering three free workshops in the month of April. The workshops will cover information literacy, citation and formatting, and focusing on developing a topic for a research paper. Students are asked to bring a “work in progress” for individual help with their presentations. For more information call Kristen Jackson at 903-5103200.
new faculty member TJC would like to welcome the new Director of Alumni Affairs, Ruth Flynn. Ruth Flynn has been working part time as an Advancement Officer for the Apache Belles and Band.
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Advisers help students make class schedules
Keeping the Tradition
By She’Airra McGregor Staff writer Andrea Liner, registrar at Tyler Junior College has advice for all students; see an advisor before registering for classes. Registration for summer 2013 is open April 7 to May 7 for summer l and May 29 for summer ll. Registration for fall 2013 runs from April 21 and ends Aug 13. Before registering for classes, a student should meet with an adviser. “The point of advising is to keep you on track,” said Andrea Liner, registrar at Tyler Junior College. An adviser helps a student decide what to take for the following semester according to his or her degree plan. A degree plan is a set of courses lined out to show exactly what it takes to earn a certain degree. Most degree plans are lined out in semester blocks so students can get an idea of what they are advised to take each semester. Students are advised to take 15 hours each semester, because a bachelor’s degree is 120 hours and if a student takes 15 hours every semester, he or she will complete an associate degree in two years. Students can only take up to 21 hours per semester. Students who want to take more must have the consent of the dean of the college in which their major falls. The dean will look at the student’s previous college semester to determine how successful they were. Once that is complete, the dean will decide whether to approve an “overload.” When registering for classes, students must consider the amount of hours they can handle. “One of the top three reasons students drop classes is because they are too overwhelming,” said Devon Wiggins, director of Financial Aid at TJC. Liner believes that, “15-16 hours is a realistic number of hours for students, but if the student is working, 12 hours is enough.” It is recommended that students be core complete before leaving TJC. It is important because, “once the student is considered core complete here at TJC, they are considered core complete at any university,” said Liner — see registration page 4—
Determined student begins new veterans group on campus By Paola Cruz Staff Writer
At TJC, there are over 50 organizations that can help enrich college experiences and help build a resume. When Aaron Janssen first began classes at TJC, he took a look at the organizations on campus hopeful to find a veteran organization he could join and be involved in. Learning there was none, he was, of course, bothered. “That kind of made me a bit perturbed, to say the least,” said Janssen. “I went to Mr. Collins, (Mike Collins the Veteran Coordinator on campus) he said that it’s been tried before. They tried getting it off the ground but fell back down … I said ‘that’s because you didn’t have the right person in charge and that person is me.’” Janssen has taken on the idea of creating a veteran organization on campus; he’s hopping he can get it off the ground as soon as spring begins. “If I can get us all as one single unit, what we can do for this school and give back to the community … we don’t just want to be a group on campus,” said Janssen. Even though there is no veteran organization on campus he is a caring and giving man and does what he can for others when he can. “I try to do my best to work with all the other vets here at school that need help readjusting … I tutor, I talk to people if they want to talk,” said Janssen. Janssen is aware of the TJC’s Veteran Support Group on campus and is thankful for the faculty who are bringing that to life. “That’s what still kind of drives me; to know that there are still people that care,” said Janssen. As a first-time college student, Janssen started off strong, being one of the many people on the Dean’s list in fall 2012. Pursuing a bachelors as an RN and hopeful to be a CRNA one day, Janssen has a lot to look forward to, including going back into the Navy as an officer. Janssen, now 29 years old, followed in his brother’s footsteps by going into the military. With a total of 11 ½ years in the military, he spent seven of those years on active duty. In 2004, he was stationed on the John F. Kennedy, an aircraft carrier. He was a Boatswain’s Mate; they are the backbone of every crew. They keep the ship maintained, handle equipment and machinery and they handle the cargo coming into the ship. Janssen experienced a lot being in the Navy. — see Veterans page 5 —
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Students bond over campus clubs’ unique customs By Hannah Johnson Student Life Editor
Traditions are the backbone of an organization. They are the glue that holds everything together. Las Mascaras, the speech and theatre organization, and the Apache Belles are two of the oldest groups on campus and are built on tradition. Both organizations share a tradition called, “bigs and littles.” In both groups, each sophomore chooses a freshman for their little, based on compatibility and interests. These sophomores act as mentors for the freshmen throughout the year and help them find a place in the group. In the Belles, bigs and littles spend a lot of time together and have their own traditions. Littles get their bigs gifts for football games and, most importantly, the Belles big spring show. Some of these gifts may be new ideas, but will always include what the Belles call, pass downs. Pass downs are old traditions that have been passed down from that particular line of bigs and littles for years. The friendships formed between these bigs and littles are ones that usually last long after college. “Once a Belle, always a Belle,” said Ariana Perez, freshman Belle. Another tradition the Belles have, is a charm bracelet. Every event the Belles have, such as football games, spring shows or special trips, they get a charm: something to represent the experience. Erinn Travis, a freshman Belle said, “[without these traditions] the team wouldn’t be as bonded as well, and we’d probably be out of control.” “If we didn’t have our traditions, we wouldn’t be who we are today,” said Photo by Hannah Johnson Perez. Traditions (Top; left to right) C.C. Weatherly, Rebecca The distinction between the Carney, and Sarah Wells enjoying each other’s company. (Middle; left freshman and sophomore dance line is to right) Alexandria Sosa and Brooke Tort, Apache Belles, practicing very important for the Belles: it’s the for their spring show. (Bottom; left to right) Trevor Commons, Rebecca difference between leading and learnCarney, Sarah Wells, David Rohde, C.C. Weatherly, and Daniel Hinkle show of their Top of the Town style.
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Nursing building means options Better equipment, more health-related programs coming By Grace Malone and Jasmine Russell Staff Writers
A whole new range of opportunities are coming for Nursing and Health Science majors with a new 150,000-square-foot building that promises more space, up-to-date technology and new health science courses. Nursing and Health Science students and professors are rejoicing for their brand new $50 million building, which will house classes beginning in the Spring of 2015. Surgical Technology and many other
nursing and health science programs have, “Out-grown it’s classroom size,” Paul Monagan, dean of Nursing and Health Science, said. “The surgical technology course is one of the eight programs that will be moved to the new building. It is in need of more space due to cramped learning quarters.” It is currently serving three purposes, a computer lab, storage and three operating room setups. “Their lab is not designed to be a lab, and so this new building will allow us to actually design a lab space based on an operating room, and that is what those people are training to be, which are operating room technologists,” Monagan said. “Now they will
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Not For Dummies: Medical students gain valuable experience using dummies, like the ones pictured, to practice medical procedures and how they would react in an emergency situation.
be training in a room designed pretty much like an operating room at the hospital, so the transition from the learning environment to the hospital is less of a difference.” All the nursing programs have skills labs connected to each class that give students hands-on training for bedside manner and technique. Currently, the nursing programs have only five skills labs and are in need of more. “For example, The Vocational Nursing Ed program (VNE) has just one skills lab, and it could easily use four or five of them, so they have to carefully schedule around using that lab,”Monagan said. In the new Nursing and Health Science building, the students will be taught on a more individual basis. — see Nursing page 5 —
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“These skills labs will all be designed out The new dental hygiene program will inso it looks like a hospital ward with multiple crease the enrollment from 24 to 30 students. beds in it and with lots of space,” Monagan “When I was a student at TJC, we did said. not have very much space but that did not As far as new technology is involved, up- hinder me from learning,” said Lorraine Hadated simulation equipment will be added to ley, a registered nurse (RN) 2012 graduate. the nursing courses. Simulators are manne- “But the more space and programs that the quins that demonstrate realistic imitations of school will add, the more attractive and attenhuman actions or reactions. tion the school will get.” “We can help them (students) simulate TJC currently has an enrollment of 290 the crisis they might be in in the hospital with students in its Allied Health Care Professions a patient using a mannequin, and the more program (nursing and health sciences). The you simulate, the better you get at stuff. So Allied Health Care professions include certhen when the real situation happens, you tificate and two-year degree programs in the know what to do,” Monagan said. areas of radiologic technology, respiratory A l o n g care, surgical care, with these two provision care, diagnosIMprovements grams, the sonogtic medical sonograraphy, respiratory phy, registered nurse, More space care, dental hygiene, nursing associates, There will be more work space. associate nursing, dental hygienists, medical laboratory paramedics, licensed More labs technology and rapractical nurses and More lab rooms, which will open up more lab times. diologic technology licensed vocational will be moving from nurses. Increased admissions Pirtle Technology Allied Health More space, will create more to the new buildCare professionals positions for applicants. ing. New programs study is demandSource: Nursing and Health Science Office connected to current ing, and course work ones are expected to may include: human be added. anatomy, chemistry, TJC has a probiology, psychology gram for general sonography (ultrasound im- and human growth and development. Appliaging) that may eventually offer an echocar- cants are required to have at least a 2.5 GPA diography (ultrasound images of the heart) and a passing score on the entrance exam. program. Respiratory care is a two-year “160 applicants apply for enrollment and program that may offer a polysomnography 60 are accepted for admission,” Haley said. (sleep study) program. Currently facility space limits the numA new dental hygiene clinic and dental ber of new applicants that can be accepted. assistant program will also be inside the new On Dean Monagan’s wish list for future building, as well. prospective programs are, a therapet (therapy Carrie Hobbs, instructor and department aided by a dog) program, as well as a hippochair of dental hygiene, is looking forward to, therapy (therapy aided by a horse) program. “The opportunity to provide our students The overall goal for the new Allied with more clinical experience and to provide Health Science and Nursing Building and them with new technologies that are in dental all the old and new programs going in it, is offices. Our facility now is extremely cramped to make each student the most prepared they and we’re constantly having problems with can be for their profession. It’s about linkour sterilization area … because it’s so small. ing the academic studies with the professional We are going to have a larger one. Space and knowledge needed for success in the industry. technology are the biggest things, and … the “As a community college, we respond to opportunity for our students to have more the industry and create a program that will clinical knowledge with the patients,” said graduate people that match the needs of the Hobbs. industry,” Monagan said.
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Once a student has registered for classes, the next thing to consider is how to pay for them. There are several ways for students to pay for college. Students can find out about financial aid wavers and exemptions on Apache Access that are approved through the state. Though it isn’t easy to acquire them, it is sometimes possible. There are also military benefits for veterans and or dependents. Also, students can use grants, subsidized and unsubsidized loans. TJC offers installment plans. Installment plans are a payment plan that allows students to pay for college. Rosita Brown, first year student at TJC said, “The hardest thing about going to college was figuring out how I was going to pay for college, but I met with a financial aid adviser and I found out about a lot of things TJC had to offer.”
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Breaking a sweat The Apache Belles spend hours preparing for their annual Spring Show.
TRADITION continued from 4 ing. The sophomores instruct the new Belles how to conduct themselves in all situations, and teach them the ways of the group. The leading year is a very special time for sophomore Belles. At the end of the Belles spring show, the sophomores take their special final bow. It’s a recognition of all their hard work and dedication. “I feel they have a positive effect; as far as the freshman and sophomore tradition,” Jasilyn Schaefer, the Apache Belle director said. “It gives them something to look forward to. If everyone entered the team on the same playing field, the second year wouldn’t be as special. So, we give them benchmarks and goals to achieve,” Las Mascaras, or Las Mas as it is typically called, also has a way to recognize its dedicated students. At the end of every spring semester, the group holds a formal banquet where all the faculty and students are celebrated for their work throughout the year. Awards are given to the best of the speech and the theatre department and include things such as: best actor, best techie, distinguished speaker and more. Voting for these awards is held by private ballot the week prior to the event and all Las Mas members are asked to vote. It’s almost like they’re Academy Awards and is a very special night to commemorate the end of the show season and to recognize the hard work that was put into it. “It brings us all together…It’s right before graduation and it’s kinda our last time together. To a lot of us, it’s equally as important as a show,” said Stephanie Spencer, a sophomore business major and Las Mas treasurer. One particular tradition belonging to Las Mas is not quite as formal, however. Beginning in the spring of 2012, the students adopted a tradition that they named, “Top of the Town
Tuesday.” Every Tuesday, the students dress up to the 9’s. “We dress our way to the top of the town,” Trevor Commons, TJC theatre major and founder of the Top of the Town tradition said. It all began because Commons got a bunch of nice clothes for Christmas 2011 and he wanted to have an occasion to wear them. Soon it caught on, and it became taboo to not dress up on Tuesdays. The guys garb themselves in a variety of slacks, vests, ties and suit coats, while the girls don cocktail dresses. The girls can also “suit up” if they prefer and wear slacks with formal tops. There are many other groups on campus that have fun and interesting traditions. One such group is the Anime Club. Every summer, the Anime Club makes a trip to Dallas to go to Akon. Akon is a large Anime convention and is actually the longest running Anime convention. “…It’s basically where Anime fans come, and they get together and fellowship. You can make some really interesting friends,” said Shannon Rooney, a current member and the first president of the Anime Club. In order to make the money for this annual trip, the club will host a bake sale at least once every semester. Almost everything for the bake sales are home-made and have a variety ranging from cookies to whole cakes. “We’re in college, and let’s face it; we love to eat. So bake sales are really successful,” Rooney said. Traditions are created to help keep things lively and interesting. Whether a tradition is faculty or student led, they all work toward the same goals: finding their own identity and setting them apart from the crowd.
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“I’m a very, very, very patriotic person … having the ability to serve my country is just a small way of giving my appreciation,” said Janssen. Janssen has big plans for the veteran organization he would like to begin on campus. Mostly, he would like to see recognition for the student veterans. “As a veteran, we don’t ask for much. We don’t ask for special treatment. We’re not asking for the world. We’re asking for a small amount of recognition,” said Janssen.
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Student leader Aaron Janssen (right), works hard to create a Veteran Organization on Campus where himself, and others in the service, may go to fellowship and bond.
March 25-April 25, 2013 All current residents wanting to live on campus for the 2013-2014 academic year must sign a contract at the Housing office between these dates.
Contracts may be signed:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday 9 a.m.-noon or Wednesday evening 5-6 p.m. Each resident will be assigned their housing space at the time of re-contract. All non-program blocked spaces will be first come first serve. A $50 non-refundable deposit must be paid by April 25, 2013 in order to reserve the requested space. All spaces without deposit will be forfeited. Residents not reapplying by April 25, 2013 must complete the new application process again and may be placed on a waiting list for housing.
Please see the Housing office or Housing staff for more detail or call 903-510-2345
Mission Statement: To provide a comprehensive collegiate experience that is anchored in the rich traditions of a quality education, vibrant student life and community service. Accreditation: Tyler Junior College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Tyler Junior College. General inquiries about Tyler Junior College admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs or other offerings should be directed to the College and not the Commission. Tyler Junior College gives equal consideration to all applicants for admission, employment and participation in its programs and activities without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status or limited English proficiency (LEP). Tyler Junior College respects the legal rights of each person to work and learn in an environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment and sexual violence.
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Campus police officer impersonates Hank Williams Sr. By Yelida Araujo Staff Writer Not only can he carry a gun, but he can also carry a tune. Many know him as Officer Penrod, of the Tyler Junior College police department, but he is gaining a reputation as a rising local country sensation, and one of the best Hank Williams impersonators. He is a little taller than six feet and weighs about 120 pounds. He dresses western; vintage western, with flashy shirts, boots and a cowboy hat. His face is thin with high-set Cherokee, not only does he echo plaintive, mournful moan of Hank at his darkest and loneliest; he looks like him “If Hank Williams Sr. and Kitty Wells had a child, I’d be him,” he said. “When I was about 9, I saw a TV ad that was advertising his records and I thought, wow, that sounds pretty cool. It wasn’t what was popular back then, but when my dad bought me a guitar that’s just what I would listen to, so that’s what I started to sound like” he said. Until that point, Penrod had never heard what he calls “real country music,” but from then on, his favorite singer and most profound influence would be Hiram Hank Williams. He surrounded himself with sounds from the past and rejected the modern and more popular music that was all over the radio. Penrod then went on to TJC to major in music, to become a band director. He played the trumpet in band. In spring 2004, the music department went to Hawaii to play for the troops coming home on the USS Nevada from Iraq for the first time since their deployment in 2001. “My fondest memory of Jake is when the band went to Hawaii and he was walking around with a ukulele. He walked with it everywhere and at all times,” said Antonio Reed, who played the drums in band with
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Penrod. “But his real passion is playing his guitar,” said Thomas Mensch, the apache band director, who taught Penrod during his first year of college and couldn’t agree more on his resemblance of Hank Williams. “Very much so. If you can tour the country and get hired out of the state of Texas because you’re known as a Hank Williams impersonator and they keep bringing you back, then you must be it,” said he. One thing that Mensch strives to instill in his students is to “do the job right” and Penrod delivered. “He has always been extremely talented and, he makes sure he gives 110% when he is working. Whatever he does, he does it to the best of his ability,” he said. Penrod did pretty well in all his music classes, except in Music Theory. He played by ear since he was a kid, but when it came to reading music, he struggled. He changed his major to education, planning to become a history teacher, but after a few classes, he realized it was not for him. Always wanting to follow in his dad’s footsteps as an officer, he went to the police academy. Whether it was fate or the proverbial winds that lead Officer Penrod back to TJC’s doors is anyone’s guess. It almost certainly was not just coincidence that Officer Penrod became a
campus police officer for Chief Randy Milton. “He’s released his own original compositions and one of them talks about his time down in Austin Texas, and most of his songs are influenced by the music his grandparents listened to,” said the chief. Penrod has performed as Hank Williams Sr. on numerous legends tribute shows at the Gladewater Opry, Texas Star Opry, and the Louisiana Jamboree in Shreveport, LA. He has also traveled to larger concert venues outside of Texas to present his tribute to country music’s first superstar. Aside from his ability to recreate a Hank Williams performance, Penrod is also a prolific songwriter and composer who has produced 3 albums, his latest release is What I Mean When I Say Country. Penrod is proficient on piano, organ, trumpet, guitar, harmonica, fiddle, mandolin, lap steel, pedal steel, ukulele, accordion, banjo, bass guitar/ upright. Penrod has recently been performing at least once a month and will be bringing Hank back to life Feb. 14 in Lawrence Crockett Theatre and the 15 in Tocoa, Schaefer Center.
Vintage has a new name The Liberty Hall Theater in downtown Tyler holds entertainment promise By Mandy Drager Verve Editor Built in 1936, the Liberty Hall Theater was the premiere movie house in Tyler. “I’ve seen some pictures and video. There were big neon signs,” Anne Payne, manager of the Liberty Hall Theater, said. “It was the place to be.” The theater was shut down in the mid 80’s due to multiple theatres moving south.The city of Tyler, in conjunction with the East Texas Symphony Association, purchased the building in 2009. The Liberty Hall Theater was refurbished by the city and citizens of Tyler with the Tyler 21 plan and was reopened on September 20, 2011. “It’s been very well received by the community. I think we’ve had close to 10,000 people come through here since we opened,” Payne said. With red and black décor accented
by chrome pieces, the Liberty Hall Theater is not a standard movie theater. It is set up similar to a performance theater with a screen that can fly in and out for movie showings. It also has a balcony and box seats available to the public for performances. The Liberty not only shows movies but has live performances as well. Trevor Commons, sophomore theatre major at Tyler Junior College, attended a movie performance at the theater and said that it felt professional. “If you would’ve seen it in a Broadway setting, it would not be out of place,” Commons said. The Liberty Hall Theater showcases live theatre performances such as Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps,” live music like David Berkeley, who is performing May 17; and movies of all genres and time periods. Payne solicits suggestions from the public on what they would enjoy seeing at the theater. Whether it is a comedy show, an older 60’s film, or an
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By Taylor Griffin Editor-in-Chief These days, it’s a pretty fair assessment to say that action movies suck—horrendously suck—in diabolical ways. I wonder if we could ever return to the days before the Arnold became the “govuhnah” and when there were only two Fast and Furious installments. That being said, the latest addition to the genre, “Olympus has Fallen,” released on March 20, simply proves that even in a mosh pit of other wise lacklusters, not every good action movies require transforming 18-wheelers or Bruce Willis. The plot revolves around Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), a former Secret Service agent to fictional President Asher (Aaron Eckhart) who left the force after a car accident that took the First Lady’s life. Now off duty from his presidential duties a year and a half later, Banning learns (as does the rest of D.C.) that in a matter of minutes, North Korean terrorists have infiltrated the White House, imprisoned the president, destroyed monuments and managed to take out the entire fleet of Secret Service agents. As things always happen in Cinema-land, the protagonist takes it upon himself to fight back and OF COURSE single-handedly saves the day. It’s a pretty bold move to say on my part, but I think “Olympus” was one of the best action flicks I’ve seen in a while. I like to think it was a cross between “Die Hard” and “Air Force One.” The theater has been pretty hard up on good quality ones that
don’t involve Nicolas Cage or gobs of CGI effects. While it was shot in D.C. (“National Treasure,” anyone?) and did contain some cheesy artificial effects, it somehow all comes out in the wash. First of all, they had the advantage of shooting a beautiful city. You can’t ever go wrong with setting the scene in Washington, D.C., however much of it was actually shot there. As a matter of fact, I was in New Orleans last summer when they were filming there. Turns out, it’s way cheaper on production costs to shoot there. At least they got the typical aerial helicopter shots of the city. One of my biggest pet peeves of action movies are the drawn-out periods of indiscernible small talk between characters, followed by incessant, unnecessary boughts of gunfire. To feel more of my rage in the matter, see my 2011 review of “Killer Elite.” Luckily, “Olympus” almost pays homage to the greats like saying something like, “You’ll never get away with this!” or other lines that cleverly use the F-word. The acting was suitable but not phenomenal. Gerard Butler so desperately wants to be the new “it” girl, if you will, of action movies, and while he does a good rough and tough kind of persona, he won’t be considered a great. Besides, his accent disguising his distinguishable Scottish cadence was a bit shaky. — see buffalo page 7 —
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up-and-coming artist, Payne puts a lot of research and consideration into each suggestion and does what she can to make it possible. “It’s nifty. I saw ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ’,” said Tony D’Eramo, TJC business major. D’Eramo liked how the atmosphere was different from Carmike and Times Square [Tyler movie theaters]. “It’s just a more unique and friendly experience in general,” D’Eramo said. There are volunteer opportunities as an usher and/or as a hospitality liaison, and $2 student discounts with a school ID are available, as well. Tickets range in prices depending on the show. They are available for purchase online or at the door 30 minutes before the show in cash only. Concessions are available at the
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Artists are often prisoners to the stigmas of ‘long haired hippies’ - perpetually penniless, ever under-appreciated, and never gainfully employed. Yet today, more than ever, artists (and therefore Art Majors) are vitally valuable in the job market. “There’s so much an art major can do,” said Derrick White, a Tyler Junior College art professor and faculty sponsor of the student art club. “I show this to parents to calm their nerves when their kid says they want to be an art major.” Quickly thumbing through the file tabs in a packed desk drawer, he retrieves a two-page list he often references. The document, titled ‘What can you do with an art degree?’ comes at the courtesy of Andrea Mulder-Slater, a contributor to kinderart. com. Across the two xeroxed pages are well over 200 potential jobs that an aspiring artist can expect to apply their talents towards. Ranging from Accessory Designer, to Foundry Worker, on to Goldsmith and Wardrobe Staff, this list aims to prove the concept of the starving artist selling their souls at art fairs may be growing long in the tooth. “I want to be a Forensic Artist,” said Kaylnn Sharp, a freshman art major at TJC. “And if I can’t do that, I want to be a tattoo artist, like my brother.” Sharp is one of a growing number of students who believe their dream careers are intricately entwined with the arts, and that their art must serve their community beyond aesthetics.
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BUFFALO continued from page 6 I was actually looking forward to seeing Ashley Judd reemerge, but it turned out that her role was a very small, here-and-gone part. I wasn’t terribly impressed with Aaron Eckhart’s role as the hostage president, but he redeems himself because he’s, well, Aaron Eckhart. In any patriotic flick, we tend to be standin cheerleaders for the protagonist because of course we want to win, and when it comes to screwing with our country or specifically the White House, it cuts a little deeper than most action plots. Seeing national landmarks and the very epicenter of American politics being destroyed within minutes hits a tender nerve. It made me ill to see the Washington Monument tumble just as easily as a game of Jenga. Then, at the same time, it made me wonder, “Why hasn’t this happened yet?” Though highly protected, the White House is such an obvious target, and after seeing the movie, it makes the
entire nation vulnerable when under siege. It’s become the trend to overkill—and then kill some more—and I’m not just talking about the body count. There is just so much of everything, and I always leave mental pooped
Arguably, the violence and action sequences (and their outcomes) seemed a bit unrealistic and not relatable, and it’s aptly rated R for bloody violence and language. After all, the scene in the Lincoln Bedroom when Gerard
“In any patriotic flick, we tend to be stand-in cheerleaders for the protagonist because of course we want to win, and when it comes to screwing with our country or specifically the White House, it cuts a little deeper than most action plots. “-Taylor Griffin
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following it. I’m as devoted a fan to Quentin Tarantino (a man famous for his absurdity) as the next person, but in the end, it really only meshes only for him. It’s his style and way of looking at good cinema.
Butler roundhouse kicks a Korean with a bust of Lincoln was comical at best. I know I sound hypocritical when I say this because typically I appreciate and critique based on the realness of the flick. To me, if a movie can master that as-
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continued from page 6 As in any field, there is competition and AskAForensicAr tist.com notes that there may be fewer than 40 full-time forensic artists in the United States, and more often than not. According to AskAForensicArtist.com, “Full-time forensic art jobs are crazily, exceedingly rare, because the agencies just don’t have those positions on the payroll.” Sharp needn’t worry too extensively, however - White assures parents and students alike that as long as an artist is talented, versatile, and hard working, they can easily change career titles and feel right in their element. So while Forensic Artist may be an exceptionally rare job title, there are many more (with statisticbrain.com estimating the number at over 160,000) calling themselves tattoo artists. Provided Sharp doesn’t prefer to dine on veal and caviar nightly in a high-rise, the average $50,000 per year salary of a tattoo artist should more than cover putting food
pect, it has a good chance of becoming a great flick. However, I leave some wiggle room for action movies. It’s basically their job to give us as viewers the thrill and guts we regularly don’t have ourselves, and they’re notorious for doing so, even back in the Stallone and Schwarzenegger heyday. “Olympus” gets a three out of five chips from me. It was refreshing to see a quality action flick with gusto and heart floating around in a sea of otherwise movie monotony, despite its shortcomings. While it may not necessarily have the most original plot tactics, it definitely strikes up the feeling of, “Hey, get the H-Edouble hockey sticks out of my country!” which I think anyone with a beating heart can vouch for in the end. And let’s face it: those sweet few minutes of Morgan Freeman as president fulfilled every movie dream you’ve ever had. Only in a perfect world…
on the table. Artists are finding that there are many avenues to affording life as a working artist. There are also those artists who prefer the more traditional method - creating works under nobody’s direction but their own, surviving off the market value of their sheer creativity and passion. These are the unique minds that dream of being immortalized one day alongside their influences, whose dreams are to be valued monetarily. They yearn to be known by their renowned talents; as masters of their craft. For artists such as these such as Christopher Umierski - the path is not so clear cut. “I want my art to be my ticket to travel,” Umierski said, seated amidst the explosion of art that adorns Jenkins Hall. He twirls a ball-point pen between his fingers. “I want to get a call from India, like...‘Hey, we want you to hang a couple of paintings over here.‘ Whoosh. They fly me over there, feed me, all that jazz,” the young artist fantasizes, imagining his perfect future as a renowned
painter. On a more somber note, reality seems to pull him from the clouds. “I thought about working at Pinot’s Palette,” he recollects, tapping the table beside him almost impatiently. “But I couldn’t be the host. I couldn’t be that guy.” Waving his hands above his head with a cheeky, halfhearted smile on his face, Umierski imitated the perceived experience of the ‘payper lesson’ social art school. Money is hardly a concern when it comes to his art. Dwelling on the thought of financial income for a moment, he slowly smiles and begins to doodle a pattern in ink on a sheet of loose paper, optimism sparkling from the corner of his eye. “I don’t know. But I just know I’m never gonna stop.” Whether these students
choose to follow their dreams of artistry in a more contemporary or traditional way is entirely up to them. They can rest easy knowing their talents will have multiple avenues to provide for them going forward in life - as long as they are willing to work hard at making their dreams into their career.
theatre. Alcohol is not allowed in the theater. To be a part of the volunteer staff, find out more information on shows, or even suggest a movie or entertainer go to www.libertytyler.com or call (903)-595-7274 or check out the Liberty Hall Facebook page for more details.
Liberty Hall Theatre Event Schedule (April 4-May 9)
April 4 Godfather April 5 My Cousin Vinny April 11 The Godfather Part 2 April 13 Susan Cowsill in concert April 18 White Heat April 20 Smokin’ Hot Comedy Show April 25 Goodfellas
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The basketball court is a home for Carolina Lopez Sophomore Carolina Lopez, is a leader on and off the court. Lopez, who wears #14, has been playing basketball for 10 years. She does it all for her older brother, who passed away in a car wreck as the driver. “It affected me a lot, and I had decided to stop playing because I was never at home and wanted to spend more time with my family,” Lopez said. “My mom and dad didn’t allow me to stop playing because they didn’t want to see me crying at home all day.” Before his accident he encouraged her to play. He was the one who wanted her to come to the United States and play basketball here. “I have an ambition for basketball. It makes me happy. I love it” Carolina Lopez said. Moving from school to school and from city to city playing for who ever recruited her to play in any public school in Colombia, she eventually got to play for a select team in Colombia. Lopez made the decision to attend Tyler Junior College because it was the best school out of the all ones that were looking at her. Also, because it was the closest to her older sister, who lives in Dallas. So far she has enjoyed her experience here at TJC, but it has been hard. “The biggest struggle was coming here and not knowing any English. None, at all. I didn’t understand anything in class or on the court,” Lopez said. Freshman year was the hardest. The coach knew some English and, little by little, Lopez learned her way in the U.S. On the court, it was the hardest for her. “You can play basketball but it’s not the same when you can’t understand the language,” Lopez said. Eventually desperation caused her to walk around with a dictionary to learn how to manage the English language. This year has been hard because at the beginning of the year, the team lost some players and two got hurt. This season has helped shape her to become better. “It helps me mature, as a player and a person,” Lopez said.
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Fighting for position Carolina Lopez seals position inside during a inbounds play against Paris Junior College on 1/27/13.
Lopez is one of the big post key players for the team. Coach Trenia Jones has been coaching Lopez for two years now. She described her as a good, quiet person. “She’s funny, the girls lover her,” Coach Trenia Jones said. Her improvement from last year shows on the court, as Lopez has been working on her ball skills and shooting more. “… she wants to be a captain wanting to go to the next level. Just doing the right thing,” Jones said. — see lopez page 9—
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go out there and fulfill our destiny.” Head Coach Trenia Jones has put last season behind her and it looking to just work with what she got right now and add The season did not go ideal for the girls on. basketball team as the last game ended in a “In junior college, the past season 40 point defeat against Trinity Valley Comis a wash and everything starts over. It’s munity College. like a metamorphosis, this team will be The bench was not deep with playtotally different from last year,” Jones ers as assistant coaches and injured players said. “We can recruit and the things that sometimes outnumbered the players on the we had trouble last year with, we can get bench. But there was one thing that head the recruits to fill that void. In recruiting coach Trenia Jone’s players have done since we work to get players better than we got the time she has entered the position in coming back because those players will 2000 and that is play with heart for a whole game. Photo by Ani Umana work harder and in the end our team will Up or down 10, 20 or 30 points, it does Buckets: Freshman Raiosha Pres- be better.” In offseason, Jones believes it is the not matter because the time on the clock ton shoots over sophomore Adrienne time to tweak the little things that is not means time for her players to prove them- Phillips during offseason workouts worked on in practice during season. selves and make a statement in the game. “In terms of offseason, we have time to work on things “Past season was a blessing in disguise because it has led us to where we are now and the trials and tribulations we went that we didn’t in the offseason. It’s that speed, it’s that agilthrough will be motivation next season because we have some- ity, it’s that quickness.” Jones said. “Sometimes we wonder why thing to prove to everybody,” freshman guard Blayke Hemmitt — see Offseason page 9— said. “Right now we look like the underdogs and we are going to By Ani Umana Sports editor
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Two Hours of hard work: the ladies train heavy on their footwork and speed in this workout as they did four sets of team sprints, triangular defensive slides with cones laid out on the court and a drill where they mimmick the partner’s foot movement in order to quicken their reaction speed.
March 29 10 a.m. vs. Temple College March 30 11 a.m. vs. Collin County Community College
March 9 12 p.m. @ Hinds Community College March 11 7 p.m. @ Panola College March 16 12 p.m. vs. Arkansas Baptist March 18 1 p.m. @ Concordia University March 22-24 6 p.m. vs. Louisiana State UniversityEunice March 29 10 a.m. vs Temple College
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Keeping it Smooth With Ani Suavé By Ani Umana Sports Editor
By Nicole Acosta Staff writer
As the NCAA National Basketball Tournament concludes, the millions of people that made mock brackets were crushed by upsets from teams that were just satisfied they even made the 64-team tournament. Suave’s twitter feed was blown up when Florida Gulf Coast University (Which I didn’t even know existed) beat national power house’s Georgetown. Or when number 14 seed Harvard University beat the number three seeded University New Mexico. But that is the beauty of March Madness. Once you’re in, anything can happen. George Mason University in Virginia made it to the Final- Four in 2006 and prior to that they never won a national tournament game in school history. Davidson University in North Carolina made it to the Elite-Eight in 2009 and lost by two points to the eventual champions Kansas University. Now how do teams like Florida Gulf Coast or Harvard, or George Mason have a chance against the top seeds in the tournament. One word.... matchups. Two things about basketball (Well, there is more) is the game is played in runs and by runs I mean a team may score 10 straight points in a four-minute span, but the opponent five minutes later may score 15 straight and that momentum may lead them to victory. Another thing is basketball is played by matchups. What one team strengths is, that could be the other team’s main weakness. If exploited and executed right, that can cause major problems for the other team. For example lets pick a random team like Northern Iowa in a game against powerhouse Duke. Northern Iowa may not have the big men to battle with Duke in an athletic standpoint, but they can shoot better than Duke’s post players. Duke may have the faster, better scoring guards, but they are inconsistent shooters. As Northern Iowa have slower guards who can’t score very well off the dribble but can shoot off the catch tremendously. Remember the first thing about how basketball is played and that is by runs. With the shooters Northern Iowa has, they make their first five shots and it is all three-pointers. Fifteen points in a short span and Duke is frustrated and wondering how to respond. Now I’m not going to try to go over a simulated game in entirety but that run alone is going to keep the Panthers in this game and a chance to win. Especially in a win or go home playoff, all it takes is one great shooting night to make history and what does a team like Harvard have to lose if they had actually lost to New Mexico? Nothing, nothing at all because no one but Harvard fans gave them a chance anyways. New Mexico was looked at as a team that could potentially win it all, so there is pressure for them to win. My bracket is a mess, but this tournament taught me something and that is the seeding does not matter that much, but if the matchup is not in a team’s favor no matter the seed, there will be upsets. I will leave you with a message my assistant high school basketball coach would tell me. “Keep it smooth ladies and gentlemen.”
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TJC recruits from all over the world for athletics By Carley Handford staff writer
It’s no secret that Tyler Junior College has a diverse student body. Students come from all over the country and the world to be an Apache. The Athletics program is no exception. It may be a long way from home for these athletes, but the opportunities that TJC offers to these athletes seems to be worth the distance. According to the Apache Athletics website, there are at least 23 athletes playing under an international title. Their homes as far north as Canada, Ireland, and England, and as far south as Australia, Colombia, and New Zealand, among many other countries athletes are from. Not all spots are guaranteed, though. According to the NCJAA website, no more than 25 percent of scholarship athletes can come from outside the United States. So, while there are more than 25 percent of players trying out from outside
of the country, the coaches can be selective with their international spots. Mark MacPhee, a student and redshirted soccer player from Scotland. “I was offered a spot at a school in New York, but the scholarship fell through. I came to TJC to redshirt, because I can get offers by just being a part of this program. It’s that good,” MacPhee said on his move to Tyler. He isn’t promised a spot on the soccer team next season, but that gives him more motivation. “The coach said there are three options: I can start here, be benched here, or he can find me another team. He said there’s about five colleges I can go to where I’ll start as a keeper, but I want to stay here,” MacPhee said. He’s one of many athletes at TJC vying for an opportunity to play under the name of the Apache. Harry Machacha, who went to TJC in 2009 and 2010 and played soccer here, and is from South Africa, said that the
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a player can’t transition from offense to defense and the problem may be her foot speed. We’re teaching them to make that transition a lot quicker by teaching muscle memory.” The players set foot on the court at 12:30 p.m. for the first day of offseason training and Jones has stations laid out for her players. Cones on one side of the court for defensive slides, jump rope on the other side to warm up, and last but not least the hardwood as the girls ran several sprints to test their speed. Their conditioning was pushed because after all of that, they picked a partner and played one-on-one to 21 points. Usually one-on-one games are played to seven points or eleven and a game alone is tiring but to do it after a workout is exhausting. Jump shots are short, easy layups are not going in. Fatigue has set in, but just like fourth quarter of a game, the players will be tired and will need to still make shots.
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thing he misses most is family. “I could only talk to my parents once every two weeks or so. My family is traditional, so they don’t skype or Facebook,” Machacha said. It’s not as hard to keep in contact with family, with technology becoming increasingly common in a household. “I Facebook my mom all the time. It’s great, but it’s still hard. I miss her a lot,” MacPhee said. These athletes have a chance of a lifetime here. “It was either athletics, or school. In the United States, I can be both. That’s unheard of in Scotland,” MacPhee said. Being from another country can take its toll on some, but others look at the positives. “I love meeting new people, so that makes it easier. I don’t think about home as much when I’m around other people. I’ve had too much fun this semester to be upset about home,” MacPhee said.
“I think that offseason is going to get us a lot stronger, a lot faster. Just in this week that we have been through I can see that I’ve gotten better and my teammates have as well,” Hemmitt said. “Coach T (Trenia Jones) is awesome in doing off season workouts because I have seen improvement in my upper body strength and especially speed because we have been running a lot.” The players believe the hard work will pay off, but knows there are a few things that are needed to reach the conference title next year. “Pre season is to get better and to work hard and sweat a lot, and once we get into season we should be a lot better than what we were last year,” Freshman forward Bria Emmanuel said. “Last season we didn’t really have a leader so next year we all need to step up so we can reach our goal and win a title.”
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The coaches recognize how hard it is to come from a different country, not know any English, have to play a sport and go to school. The coaches, as well as her teammates, have helped her get through these two years. Assistant Coach Precious Ivy describes Lopez as a responsible player. She goes to practice and class and does what she needs to do. “I think if anything stands out it is the her academic side of her. Like I said, she’s very smart. She makes good grade. We don’t ever have to worry about her missing class or not passing a class, so I think she leads by example in the classroom because her grades speak for themselves,” Assistant Coach Ivy said. From the beginning of the season till now, she has improved her catching abilities, watching the ball more and having time to gather herself.
“She’s a quiet leader, she doesn’t say a whole lot but when she does say something it’s powerful,” Coach Ivy said. Lopez has no option but to be strong. It’s a lot for her to be away from her parents and deal with the death of her brother. “She has a strong will to do what she needs to do in order to get to where she needs to be,” Coach Ivy said. Lopez has committed to Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma and will be playing in the Southland Conference. “She has a strong will to do what she needs to do in order to get to where she needs to be,” Coach Ivy said. Lopez has committed to Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma and will be playing in the Southland Conference.
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Resident Advisor Delaney Bentley. The foundation is determined to make the necessary restoration as quickly as possible in hopes to have the Wesley House ready for the fall of 2013. The only downside to this for the general student population is that the building will only be available to students affiliated directly with the Wesley Foundation. These students with the Methodist Organization will still be subject to the background checks policies, and expectations that all students go through to live at TJC. Because the residence hall will be exclusively for Wesley Foundation students, non-affiliated students will have one less building available for housing. There is concern among students who live in residential housing on campus that this could affect some students negatively. “There’s already a pretty long waiting list,” said sophomore Apache Belle Courtney Bohac. “If there isn’t as many dorms to stay in, then students coming into the new semester that need housing may be put on a longer waiting list.” While this may be true, those overseeing parts of the project suggest it isn’t a sig-
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nificant concern. The transition won’t really affect room for non-affiliated students “because the only students that stayed in West Hall [were] soccer students,” said King. One of the main purposes of the Wesley House is to provide a safe and lively environment for the students to live. “The Wesley Foundation has done a great job serving students of TJC for many years. This new partnership will attract more students from East Texas and beyond to live in a safe and caring educational environment,” said TJC President Dr. Mike Metke. This different approach to campus expansion could be a new avenue of acquiring properties for TJC. Directors and administrators are optimistic about the trial negotiation, and if it is successful, then decisionmakers at TJC will more than likely make a similar deal in the future. If any students would like more info about how to become a resident in the new Wesley House for the fall semester, search “Wesley House” on Facebook or go to tylerwesleyhouse.com
effect could take place. Students whose position would be eliminated would take fewer courses to be able to fulfill the work shift demands of an off-campus job, overall possibly lengthening his or her educational years. “By cutting federal work studies many students all over the nation will be devastated,” Denise Weatherly-Green, TJC’s theatre professor, said. W.G. explained that the disadvantage for students who are forced to find jobs off campus due to budget cuts would limit the amount of days students can attend classes causing the graduation numbers to lower. “It would mean I wouldn’t get paid…I would have to find a job elsewhere,” Braden Socia, TJC sophomore and theatre work study employee said. “It’s silly to say but it would be a life changing experience.” Socia, who works 15 to 16 hours a week, helps maintain the department’s equipment, built sets and work in preparation for every production. Because Socia is majoring in fine arts, he is able to acquire additional skills through the FWS program. “Sometimes we try to place people under their major. Sometimes it works out that way, sometimes it doesn’t. It gives them a foundation of employment that maybe they would not have had before,” said Williams.
Benefits of keeping the work studies program is that students are able to continue networking within the department, walk away with greater skills to a four-year university, and add the experience to his or her resume. Also the junior college gets the labor needed to support each department without having to dip into the colleges’ budget in order to support the work study positions. “It takes man hours to get work done whether it’s janitorial work, building a set or cleaning floors for a dance competition” W.G. said. “It is just physically impossible for the instructors to do it alone… you need to be made aware that this is an issue.” No one is guaranteed a position back each year, according to Williams. The decision of how many positions through the program will be hired is determined based on a yearly contract by the federal funding. However, TJC does fund student assistant jobs and the budget cut could possibly mean adding more of those positions. “If they need a student employee bad enough to help service their areas then it will start being funded through the college directly,” Williams said. The budget cuts have raised uneasiness in the Federal Work Study students but no actions concerning the up coming semester will be finalize until then.
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UT-Tyler. “Due to unique characteristics of each building, there’s not a one-size-fits-all lockdown procedure,” she said. “We work with our designated safety liaisons (DSLs), who are assigned in each building, to help communicate with and direct students/faculty to safe areas during the lockdown.” While TJC’s Apache Alert text messaging system is optional, UT-Tyler students are automatically signed up for Patriot ALERT once they begin taking classes, which includes text, email and phone message alerts. UT-Tyler also informs their students at each summer orientation session about lockdown and evacuation protocol, so every student and parent is knowledgeable about the system. Martin Pessink, chief of Police at Kilgore College, elaborated on their emergency alert system, which is currently in phase one of upgrading. On their 45-acre campus, there is a siren system in the middle of campus with emergency voice capabilities, Ranger Alert text system and Facebook as a way of communicating with students. Kilgore Campus PD is also working with their crisis management team to start developing drills for better preparedness. “We’ve got redundant protocols in place notifying our campus of emergencies,” said Chief Pessink. “It’s even explained at
summer orientation.” As a student, Moreno believes that the simplest actions by Campus PD can help students know what to do in an emergency situation, saying the best way to reach out to students is through signs and the first impression at summer orientation. “Freshman come in and their parents come along with them, and parents always have that [safety] on their minds,” she said. “It might be good to inform them at the sessions in the summer so everyone, not just the students, are on the same page.” Campus PD’s main goal is to stop crime before it gets on campus, said Dr. Johnson. Recently, at University of Central Florida, materials that implied an impending attack were found in a student’s dorm room. He later pulled a gun on another student and shot himself moments later when police responded. “His timeline got off,” UCF Police Chief Richard Beary said. “We think the rapid response of the law enforcement may have changed his ability to think quickly on his feet.” While the lanyard policy at TJC has stopped crime as well as prevented it in the last few years, many students and faculty believe that it is time to focus on preparing them before an attack, not during. In a dire situation, common sense goes out the window, said TJC Psychology Professor Kenneth Luke. From a psychology standpoint, Luke said he assumes he
knows what to do during an attack on campus as a faculty member, but he is hopeful that change and better awareness for students and professors alike can occur. “I think that’s the hole in things,” he said. “I think that although we’re generally proactive, we have places where we can get better.” Despite students and faculty concerns with being prepared, Dr. Johnson reinforced that TJC is a very safe school, equipped with police officers and the information students need when necessary. Campus PD is in the process of getting new equipment, including speakers in the halls of the buildings and the aforementioned revised flipcharts. They have conducted research to revamp the system and are looking at other colleges, even signing an agreement with Tyler Police Department, Johnson said. “We’re trying to tailor something to our campus. It’s an on-going discussion with us. It also involves training to administrators, faculty and then to students,” said TJC Police Chief Randy Melton. “We’re not through yet, and our plans are not in concrete.”
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PROFESSOR.com Popular website shows professors to be more than just hot chili peppers Design and Article By Belen Casillas Managing Editor
From charming personalities to -easy A’s, with a click of a mouse students can get a preview of a professors’ overall performance. Online reviews have become common in decision-making, from product reviews, restaurants ratings to a professors’ scale of hotness. The popular website “ratemyproffesor.com” offers a full description of college instructors’ teaching styles. “It’s not a popularity contest, it’s a source of information of what a particular professors’ teaching styles are all about,” said Derrick White, art professor at Tyler Junior College and faculty sponsor of the Art Club, who is rated with a flaming red chili pepper for hotness and a 4.8 out of a 5 for overall teaching quality. The appearance of a professor is not the only reason students are meticulously selecting their instructors. With pressure to have or maintain a high GPA, temptation to find the easiest way to an A in order to move onto a four-year university makes this website popular. Helpfulness, attractiveness, quality and easiness are some of the categories the professors are rated on from a scale of 0 to 5, including comments about the personal experiences, all of which are done by former students and not handled by colleges. “At best, the site has the potential to allow professors to get feedback from their students and make certain changes in their course,” said TJ McLemore, English professor and Honors Program coordinator, who has a rating of 3.6 overall quality and a red chili pepper for attractiveness. “However, we already have a mechanism locally for doing this and it’s the course evaluations,” said McLemore. These course evaluations, which are completed by students in almost every class each semester, are a two-page straightforward
TJC evaluation. The reviews are not publicly published and only used for the college and professors, giving “ratemyprofessor.com” a more anonymous appeal and open for anyone including students to see. “Any source of information that a student can find out about not only the teacher of the class but the content…before signing up for the class, is a benefit to the student,” White said. “Sometimes taking the right person for a class makes all the difference in the world.” The Human Resources Department at TJC does not use the postings from the site in the reviewing of employees or hiring process but does see it as a potential tool, according to the Executive Director of Human Resources Kevin Fowler. “We all use the tools that are available to us,” Fowler said. “Don’t use that as vehicle to be destructive. Use it in a way to be constructive that helps a faculty member understand what they might need to do to be better and more effective.” The students who rate professors, according to Fowler, are the ones who are extremely happy with the professors or dissatisfied, which makes the review at times hazy. “It’s human nature, if we are dissatisfied with something, we are more likely to take action and go write something,” said McLemore. Although the hot chili peppers add value to a professors’ rating, these instructors are less worried about the scale of attractiveness and more in their students’ growth in the subject matter. Yet students are still intrigue by the different classifications for a professor. “I think a lot more people who are actually more serious would go on there to look at what students say,” said Katie Rozell, sophomore, Pre-Pharmacy technician. The review advice goes both ways, students get the information they need to select their professors and the instructors obtain feedback of their teaching techniques.
TJ McLemore, English Professor
Derrick White , Art Professor
Dijana Armstrong, Mathematics Professor
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