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Powerful Silence Approximately 60 individuals silently stood on the square in downtown Tyler throughout the afternoon Saturday, Feb. 4. The silent protest was to encourage peaceful unity in light of the division seen throughout the nation.

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School announces dean for TJC North Dr. Cliff Boucher assigned to lead school’s newest Lindale location Bárbara Arroio Web Editor Dr. Cliff Boucher has been named as interim dean for TJC North, Tyler Junior College’s newest facility, which opens this spring. “I’m impressed with him as a teacher and as an administrative leader… he’s got an impressive academic background. I think he even did some postgrad work at Harvard, he’s a real sharp guy, ” said Dr. Mike Metke. TJC’s President. “I think he’s got the energy and vision to move Lindale to another level.” Dr. Boucher has taught at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, Harvard University Medical School, University of Michigan and UT Tyler. He has been with TJC since 2010 as department chair for Life Sciences & Veterinary

Technology. “Dr. Boucher is fully accountable,” said Dr. Metke. He has earned a series of honors such as the Commitment to Academic Excellence Award, presented by the University of Texas at Tyler, 20052006; Inventor Recognition, Dr. Cliff Boucher presented by the University TJC North Dean of Michigan for research titled, “Hyperacidification of Trans-Golgi Network and Endosomes in Cystic Fibrosis,” 2000 and Valuable Young Alumnus Award, presented by

Tyler Junior College in 2002. TJC North is located in Lindale at The Cannery, a residential, entertainment and retail complex. It was a result of a collaboration between the city leaders in Lindale and industry and business representatives. According to Dr. Metke, there was a need to bring the college to the people. “The college was very centralized, everything here. It was more around the idea of taking the college to the people and responding to the needs of your service areas,” said Dr. Metke. “We want to have enough critical mass so that students will be able to take everything and not have to come to Tyler.” The facility provides the surrounding areas access to general education classes, Veterinary Technician Program and nursing programs. A grand opening event for the facility is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29, at 10 a.m.

Drumline starting strong Brianna Harmon Arts Editor The 2016 competition season is taking off for the Apache indoor drumline, Apache Punch, and they are already making noise this season. They took first place in competition at A&M Consolidated High School on Saturday, Jan. 28 this season. Although they are pleased with the victory, Drumline Director Tom McGowan says that there is still plenty that they need to work on before their next competition Saturday, Feb. 18 at Cedar Park High School. “The concern for the judges was the same concern for us, where the show was headed,” said McGowan. “Which a lot of that is going to rely on lights to help explain it since it is ‘A Dying of the Lights’ show.” McGowan spent time during Photo by Rebecca Najera the weekend rehearsals to work out KEEPING THE BEAT (left to right) Sophomores Colton Casada, Travis Casada, Jesus Diaz De Leon and freshman Austin Nelson practice their piece, ‘Dying of The Light,’ on Saturday, Feb. 11 after their first competition of the season. the kinks of the performance.


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“We have to get those in. We took it on ourselves this last weekend to really nail down a detailed storyline,” McGowan said, “so that visual things fit the music and that visual things fit the drill that they are doing. A lot of it [is] to move more of a character base rather than just marching around like you would see in a marching band.” Marimba player Anthony Smith is looking forward to what this season will bring for the drumline. “A lot of us have never competed in indoor before, so the first competition was good for everyone to just get their feet wet and see what it is like to perform in front of a crowd,” said Smith. “We have a lot of potential and people working hard. We have a wellwritten show and music that could get us a couple trophies.” Snare player Jacob Reid — see DRUMLINE page 9 —


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Ms. Barbara Arrolo - Web Editor Tattoos are art, expression of I am cool! I respond to this once before in Aug. 18th 2013 Issue. Enclosed (page 2 of 2) is a copy of that and a copy of “Think before you ink” from Associated Press in Aug. 2014, and I agree with your grandmother about “Good Luck finding a job in the future. If you already have a Tat and are Looking for a job, cover it up before going to a interview. For those who single you out because you are different, be prepared with some self-defence. B. Jacobs. Tyler, TX


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Protest correctly Protests can be powerful when done right. Look at some of the most successful activists in history. From Mahatma Gandhi to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., they, along with a number of other of activists, have one similar trait to their protests: peacefulness. They used that peace to counteract the hate and unjust they were dealt with. In present time America, many still see inequalities or acts that are lingering which cause them to want to protest. Now the protests I have been seeing lately in the news are not protests, they are riots. In the MerriamWebster Dictionary, a riot can be defined as “a violent public disorder; specifically: a tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons assembled together and acting with a common intent” and a protest as “the act of objecting or a gesture of disapproval.” Going all the way back to the debates and election of our new president, Donald Trump, he brought a lot of controversy by either his actions or what he said, which caused an uproar from his opposition and their supporters. This was well documented at his inauguration when “rioters” destroyed parts of Washington D.C. to “protest” his election. Another “protest” that garnered a myriad of attention was on the campus of the University of California-Berkeley. Conservative Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak, however before he could speak a “violent protest” broke out and vandalized a portion of the campus. What is that supposed to prove? The only thing it proves to me is that you can’t get over yourself and be open-minded to a persons’ opinion. It invalidates your own opinion when you say you want to protest but end up becoming part of a riot. Protests can be a powerful movement when done right. The ones who turned the last few protests and made them riots should probably do some research on how to be an effective protester. You make more of a difference being peaceful than you can trying to force your way on someone. That goes for more than just those protesters, that goes for anyone trying to force your opinions on someone else.

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The internet: is it uniting or dividing? The internet has been and still is a huge factor in globalizing the world. ‘Globalization’ is the breaking down of cultural and economic barriers between groups or individuals. For example, with access to the internet, we have the same access to the same type of music whether we’re in China, London, or the U.S. Also we can start a conversation with just about anyone around the world in a matter of seconds. This is how many of us have been socialized, we grew up in the information era and we should not be ashamed of it. Our generation has both subsequently benefited and suffered from the effects of the internet, starting with the withdrawal of face-to-face interactions. Everything we do now is through our phones or computers; we’ve lost the skill of physical interaction that our predecessors once mastered. Guys don’t have to build up the courage to talk to a girl they see out in public. Now we can just like a couple pictures off their Instagram and hope they “slide into our DM’s.” But with that, now we have the power of knowledge at our fingertips. We have all heard that we are always on our phones,

and that we would be helpless without them. But why do older generations look down on this? So what that we go to Twitter for our information? Whatever news comes out will reach social media before anyone can print it the next day. That’s why we’re constantly looking down all the time, because the media is constantly producing news. But with such great power comes great responsibility, as they say. With the broad use of the internet all across the world, personal privacy has become more scarce than ever. Someone is always watching, everyone can be a reporter and there are cameras on every corner; it’s impossible to escape it. Security has become something not many people know anymore. But not everyone has the privilege of internet. Many developing countries across the world are cut off or prohibited to the use or amount of use to the internet. Such as North Korea, where every media outlet possible is owned by the government. Things like this in America are taken for granted. We use these so much and so often that it’s become who we are now. Not that it’s a bad thing, but it can definitely become that if we let it.

Being a feminist is not a bad thing

Get involved, you’ll find yourself


Rebecca Najera Editor-in-Chief On Jan. 21, one of the biggest grassroots movements in history happened: The Women’s March. Not only did people join together here in the United States, but around the world as well. A lot of people feel that this march accomplished absolutely nothing, but that is completely wrong. You know about the march. You’ve read about it. You’ve seen pictures. You’ve heard what some women, and even men, spoke out about. You’ve heard of it, and you’ve reacted in some sort of way. Women’s rights are human rights, and that’s what the march stood for. People didn’t come together to say that all men are horrible or that men are disgusting,

but rather came together so us women could have equal pay, control of our own bodies, be able to breast-feed in public without people deeming it as inappropriate. So we could have paid maternity leave, tax-free feminine products, for the respect everyone deserves as a human being. I wanted so desperately to attend a march, but sadly, I was working. And that’s one of the many things I’ve heard when people try to tear down the march: “Unlike all of these other women, I have a job. I have responsibilities to tend to and don’t have time to whine and wave signs around.” First of all, plenty of those people have jobs too. In fact, most of them do. This day had been planned, so many people set their schedules to where they could attend. It was also on a Saturday, where a lot of people wouldn’t even have to ask off of work because they already had that day off. And I’m grateful for those that did attend. They were there for me. They used their voices for me. They used their voices for you. Second of all, if you want change, you have to make sacrifices. People sacrificed time away from work, family, friends, etc. Many people, including women, turned their noses up at the march

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Guest Column Keeley Elliot Green Committee Since I came to TJC, I had been looking for a way to get involved, turns out there’s tons of ways! I decided to pick a few organizations to be part of and they held their arms wide open to welcome me. I then became more and more involved and that opened up even more opportunities. Even though I’ve had grand experiences within each organization, the group that has made the most impact on me is The Green Committee. I have been able to help build the garden, plant seeds for a variety of herbs and vegetables and help the college as well as the city of Tyler through community service as we plan to accomplish much more in the semesters to come. Being a part of the Green

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Committee has helped me feel at home here at TJC, it connects me with the campus life, my fellow students, the professors and I even get to work with the amazing faculty and staff here on campus. Having this connection fills my experience at this school with timeless memories as well as valuable education that I will carry with me the rest of my life. In the few semesters I’ve been a student at TJC, I’ve had the opportunity to converse with brilliant minds and meet new and interesting people that inspire me to widen my gaze, to broaden my horizons and open my mind to the extraordinary. From exploring the sciences to appreciating the arts, TJC has fulfilled my passions for both and more. I only hope that students like me will find it within themselves to join the organizations here at TJC, not only for the benefits of such organization but also to contribute, to be able to say “I did that” or “I helped establish this.” These organizations are built on the imagination and innovation of the students involved. Each organization has its place here at TJC and in each, you can find your place.


















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Former Apache superintendent of local school district Winona Independent School District led by Tyler Junior College Alumnus Cody Mize Colten Sneed News Editor Tyler Junior College is used for most students as a stepping stone, either for the workforce or a fouryear university. Winona Independent School District Superintendent, Cody Mize, used TJC to both prepare him for his career in education and his time at Texas A&M University. “TJC laid the foundation of my academic success in college. I really learned how to study when I arrived on campus. The smaller class sizes helped make the transition from Mineola High School to the college setting. I would have been totally overwhelmed if I would have went straight to Texas A&M University,” said Mize. Mize attended TJC after graduating from Mineola High School from August of 2001 to December of 2002 as a General Studies major. In his time at TJC, Mize help found the TJC Collegiate FFA Chapter and also served as a Freshman senator in the student government. Along with his work he also made many memories and relationships while at TJC. “My favorite memories were the people. I had the opportunity to build lasting relationships with my professors, who I still have to do this day. Also, the smaller class sizes allowed me to develop several friends that I still keep in touch with to this day,” said Mize. “My favorite class was Agriculture Economics with Frank Rucker. A close second was History 1301 and 1302 with Dr. Jeffery Owens.” Mize’s career goal when he started at TJC was to be an agriculture science teacher and to coach baseball. His professional career started right after graduating from Texas A&M in 2005 as a 22-year-old. He began as an 8th grade U.S. History teacher at Quitman Junior High. Along with teaching, he coached football,

basketball and baseball. Mize’s journey included teaching and coaching experience in Grand Saline and Alba-Golden ISD. That is also where he took his first administrative job as a principal. “Later on, I attended the University of Texas at Tyler where I received my Masters’ in Educational Administration and my Superintendent Certification,” said Mize. In March of 2016, Mize was announced as the lone finalist for the Superintendent position at Winona ISD. He accepted the job, and attributes TJC as a major part of success. To prove this, Mize, with Winona ISD, partnered with TJC to start the TJC Promise. This allows eligible students from Winona and five other local school districts in East Texas to be eligible to receive up to two years of tuition and fees at TJC. “As I said earlier, TJC laid the foundation for me to become a successful student in college. Not only did it provide me the study skills needed to be successful, but it was extremely affordable. With scholarships I accumulated, I was able to complete my time at TJC completely debt free,” said Mize. “I absolutely believe junior college is a great place to begin. I think a lot of kids coming from small, East Texas towns that jump to a four year university is a lot. Sometimes it is just too much. Tyler Junior College is the perfect place to start.”

“With scholarships I accumulated, I was able to complete my time at TJC debt free.” Courtesy Photo

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Superintendent Winona ISD

WINONA ISD AND TYLER JUNIOR COLLEGE ALUM CODY MIZE speaks at a TJC event. Mize attended TJC and attributes his success to his time spent at the school. Mize along with multiple local superintendents partnered with Tyler Junior College to start the TJC Promise for their students.

Lake Street construction beginning mid-April, ending near September

Ke’Oddrick Polk Freshman

Cedric Richardson Freshman

Two students facing capital murder charges Rebecca Najera Editor-in-Chief

Photo by Marshall Cearfoss

A WORK IN PROGRESS Despite the long hiatus, apparent from the leaf accumulation on the fence, the construction on Lake St. should be seeing progress within the coming months.

After 11 months, maintenance on thoroughfare to commence Marshall Cearfoss Managing Editor Since June of 2016, the bridge on Lake Street has been closed due to structural damage, which has proven to be inconvenient for some and is viewed as a hazard by others. The city has stated why the construction has been delayed, and when they anticipate the road to be repaired. “This thing had been delayed much longer than it should have been,” said Jan McCauley, history and government professor and faculty senate president. “The greatest hazard, for me at least, would be in the case of an emergency. If we had a serious incident here … we would need to have as much access and egress as we could possibly have to the campus. That’s a main thoroughfare, particularly to get back to the health facilities.” This bridge, which lies just to the west of TJC, has been closed with two visible sinkholes since June 16 of last

Two TJC students have been transported to Tarrant County Jail located in Fort Worth. Freshmen Ke’Oddrick Polk, 20, and Cedric Ladarius Richardson, 20, were arrested and face capital murder charges after allegedly murdering 17-year-old Breon Robinson during a robbery. Both students had been attending TJC since the fall of 2016. The robbery occurred in Fort Worth on Jan. 16, just one day before the spring semester began. Polk lived on campus, residing in

year. The structure’s sheer age, which is unknown, and some heavier rain in the past few years has contributed to its structural demise.

“This thing had been delayed much longer than it should have been. ... The greatest hazard, for me at least, would be in the case of an emergency.”

-Jan McCauley

Faculty Senate President, History/Government Professor

“On a project like this,” said Kyle Dykes, project engineer, “we hire out a consultant to first design the project. They did a survey, they started design work, and when they got that done, we had to get some easements.” Surveying the structure and the acquisition of the necessary easements have been the primary delays on the

the Crossroads residence hall. He was arrested on Monday, Jan. 23 outside of Potter Hall after a campus police officer recognized Polk while on his way to class. Prior to his arrest, Polk had been placed on the Tarrant County’s Most Wanted Facebook Page in September of 2016. He was charged with aggravated robbery in November of that same year for robbing a woman at gunpoint in July that summer. Robinson was later arrested by U.S. Marshals at an off-campus apartment Wednesday, Feb. 1. Robinson’s bond is set at $100,000, while Polk’s is set at $150,000.

project. The owner of an adjacent easement rents out the land, so the city had difficulty in ultimately tracking the owner down. Aside from that, most of the easements were acquired with little delay. “One of them was with TJC, and we had to go a couple of rounds with the board meetings,” said Dykes. Margaret Williams, a resident on Lake Street, is one of the residents who have been inconvenienced by the closure. “This was my primary street, going up and down at that light,” said Williams. “It has affected me quite a bit.” The project will be brought to city council on March 22. If approved, construction is expected to begin by mid-April and be completed about four or five months later. “Fortunately, we’ll be doing it during the warmer months, so it will be less rainy,” said City Engineer Carter Delleney. “That’ll help. Contractors appreciate that.” The repairs are estimated to cost about $200,000$300,000, according to Delleney.

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Defending National Champs struggle as season begins Baseball team in search of consistency after season-opening losses debut. “Wind was blowing out maybe 25-30 miles per hour and we got behind really early,” said Baseball season is underway Coach Wren. “I think maybe for Tyler Junior College, but we were probably looking past the Apaches have experienced a Centenary towards San Jac a little slightly rockier start than usual to bit.” open up with. Later on during opening day “Obviously we didn’t get off the Apaches faced a fierce San to the start that we wanted, but Jacinto team, but wasn’t able to baseball is a funny game, especially get it done late and dropped their opening day - there’s so much second game as well 3-5. The emotion that’s kind of going on,” pursuing weekend, TJC would said Head Coach Doug Wren. face Western Texas College in a TJC opened up the season on three game series and came away Jan. 28 with a double header at home against Centenary followed the victor in all three. This brought by San Jacinto. With the wind the Apaches back to a winning blowing harshly throughout the record of 3-2 but Coach Wren day, the Apaches got behind early refuses to become content with to Centenary and could never where his team stands. “We still didn’t play great squander enough runs to make it against Western Texas, there were a close game. The Apaches would still some things we did a little bit fall 4-14 in their spring season better at but we still, I don’t think, put all three phases t o ge t h e r, ” said threetime national champion head coach, Doug Wren. A f t e r a perfect weekend in Tyler, the Apaches took to the road for the first time this season to Farmers Branch to face B ro o k h a v e n . Defense was nonexistent for either team, in Photo by Benjamin Savallo turn made it a HARD HITTING Sophomore Jordan Trahan smashed high-scoring the ball to the top of the left field fence in his first at-bat game and against Frank Phillips College. ultimately a Benjamin Savallo Sports Editor

loss for the Apaches. TJC was able to put up a fight but in the end it wasn’t enough. “I think we have the guys to have a potent offense, an offense that can strike at any time,” said Wren. “There was two in the second inning and we went double, double, homerun. We were able to strike pretty quickly.” But the present may not be a sign of what’s to come later on in the season. To add to the already long list of struggles this season, TJC is an injury-stricken team who has a lot of inexperienced Photo by Benjamin Savallo players playing in different STAREDOWN Freshman Pitcher Payton Adams glances over at the runner positions. at first yielding him from attempting him to swinpe second base in the 2-1 “We got some guys that are win over Frank Phillips Collge on Friday Feb. 10, 2017. playing some different positions right now because of injuries. So we’ve got some guys that are in some positions that they’re not used to playing,” said Wren. “We’re just trying to learn by trial of fire.” With some players returning from injuries, TJC has been able to pick up the slack they lost at the beginning of the season. On Friday, Feb. 10, the Apaches fought their way back from a late-game deficit against Frank Phillips College to open the weekend with a win. The Apaches followed that win with two more on Saturday, Feb. 11, and completed the clean sweep over Photo by Benjamin Savallo Frank Phillips and added another perfect TOO CLOSE TO CALL Catcher Blake Maddox tags out the runner in a close play at the plate weekend of baseball late in the game against Frank Phillips Collge on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Apaches won 2-1. to their resumé.

Softball begins the season after complete makeover

Open tryouts could provide future depth for the football team

Isaiah Thornton Staff Writer

Benjamin Savallo Sports Editor

TJC softball is bringing back just one member from their historic 60-6 season last year as well as a whole new coaching staff. Head Coach Maria WinnRatliff has taken over the program after being the Head Coach for twelve years at Western Nebraska Community College. Even with the preseason polls not going the Apaches’ way, Coach Winn expects nothing less than a winning season. She expects everyone to step up, from the sophomores to the freshmen. “Rankings are important, it’s good to have them so you can be recognized and make it a goal for the team to build toward,” said Coach Winn. “It’s hard to get preseason ranked because there’s so much turn over in the junior college level.” In her 12th season, she posted a 535-218-1 record. In the past nine seasons, Coach Winn has brought her team to dominance. She has posted a 40 plus season nine times and a 50 plus winning streak the last four consecutive seasons. She was also chosen six times for Region 9 Coach of the Year. Since the beginning of the season the Apaches have started off strong,

On Feb. 4, 2017, TJC’s football program held open tryouts for athletes to come and make their impact and possibly continue their careers on the football field. “The purpose of this tryout is to find local talent that is unsigned, guys that need second chances, second opportunities and maybe get a second look,” said Offensive Coordinator Matt Gordon. Apache Football is offering just that. For $30, any athlete was able to state their case in between the lines that weekend. Many talents go under the radar and like Coach Gordon stated, just need one more opportunity. TJC will have many spots to fill on the roster this year such as the quarterback position. After the signing of the freshman standout quarterback, McLane Carter to the University of Texas Tech, quarterbacks from all around came to impress. “I was actually lucky enough to watch some film of one of them before they came -really good football

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LET IT FLY The lady Apaches started their season with a day full of practice, zipping the ball around the infield.

going undefeated in their they’ll be able to handle first five games. Since their business on the field. then, the Apaches have Her biggest goal this split a pair of games and season is to have a 3.0 have had two players, team grade point average. Briana Paysinger and Coach Winn is more than Kelly Mardones, named a softball coach to these region 14 East Player and — see SOFTBALL page 5 — Pitcher of the week. “I don’t think we need just one player to step up; we need all 17 players to step up,” said Winn. “As I like to think we have 17 superstars on the field.” C o a c h Winn wants to dominate, but her main focus is in the classroom. Winn believes Photo by Benjamin Savallo if the team gets their work GETTING STARTED New Head Softball done in the Coach Maria Winn-Ratliff starts off the c l a s s r o o m , first practice of the season swinging.

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TRENCHES Linemen try to impress the coaches with their speed off the line.

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GOING OUT WIDE Tryout hopeful, goes out for a pass during the Jan. 28, weekend tryout held by the football coaches of Tyler Junior College.

player,” said Gordon. “He’s actually been out the past two years but has a really good arm on him.” But a quarterback’s job is done after he lets go of the football. Every champion quarterback has had an arsenal of weapons as receivers and running backs out wide to help them become the athlete that they are. Many receivers showed up with their ‘A’ game that afternoon and caught the attention of many members of the coaching staff. “I thought the talent was at a high level, they did a really good job. We had a couple guys run under foursix-fourties, a couple guys run under four-two shuttles. They did really well,” said Gordon. Also caught the attention of the

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Coaches need to send recruiters to check the REC Co lu m n

As a former athlete in my own right, I like to spend my free hours in between and after classes in the gym at Ornelas. Me and a couple of the guys get together and like to sweat it out in the weight room or on the basketball court. The guys that we meet in the gym to play a game of ‘pick-up’ basketball, they sure do give us a run for our money every now and then. Of course there’s always those guys who think they belong on TJC’s basketball team and then there are guys who everyone else thinks they actually

Benjamin Savallo Sports Editor

do belong on the school’s basketball team. In all actuality, there are some guys that are genuinely skilled at the game of basketball in there. I’m not just talking about sharpshooters or guys that will send the ball back every time you dare to bring it in the paint. There are some well-rounded players that lace up their shoes in the Gentry Gym. If the coaches would come spend a day and just observe the talent that runs up and down the court, I truly believe they would be impressed. Of course no one in there


Coach Winn. Thus far the team is hitting a combined average of .348 and their on-base percentage stands at .442 with a .548 slugging percentage. They also have 58 runs batted in with eight home runs. But Coach Winn believes many times stats don’t tell the whole story. “Stats are like a bikini; sometimes they show enough

game of sports. Heck, I get nervous playing with other guys in the gym because they’re just not who I’m used to playing with. So who knows, maybe one day a student will have the opportunity to put athlete after student. Until then, I invite the coaches of any sport to come in and watch the talent on any night after seven. Because if you come in there in the morning or the afternoon, that’s when all the guys that fit into every stereotype about the saying, “white guys can’t jump.” And you don’t want that.


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young women, she’s a mentor and a friend. Coach Winn wants her team to know that a college degree should always be the number one goal. As far as on the field, the main focus for Coach Winn’s team will be batting, as the season begins it’s first leg. “If we get our hitting down I believe we can be one of the best teams in the country,” said

is some 20-year-old phenom and is ready to be signed to a contract in the NBA, regardless of what they think. But who really is at the Junior College level? As a matter of fact, that’s what the JUCO level is for, to help enhance and improve the skills of athletes to get them ready for the next level. But then again students come into the REC to play ‘pick-up’ basketball, there’s no pressure. It’s not exactly the same as playing center court in front of a crowd with fans cheering and booing. Stage fright is very real in the

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and sometimes they show too much,” said Winn. This team believes they have exactly what it takes to become the best in the region. With good coaching and focused practices, the Apaches can excel to unmeasurable levels. The lady Apaches next home game will be at Bullard High School Feb. 21 versus Weatherford College.

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WARM UP The lady Apache softball team takes the practice field for the first time this season to warm up. TJC currently stands 8-3 after splitting a double-header against Ranger College on Tuesday Feb. 7, 2017.

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first year Graduate Assistant Coach Garrett Kreamer. “Really like the film. We have some roster spots to fill,” said Kreamer. Anyone is welcome to attend and show what they have to offer and showcase their skills for the scouts. The next tryout will be March 25, 2017 at the Pat Hartley Complex, registration costs 35 dollars. at the Pat Hartley Complex, registration costs 35 dollars.

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TAKE OFF Recruit makes his case with speed on Jan. 25, 2017.

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KNEES UP Recruits test their speed and agility as they quickly raced over the obstacles set up by the football coaches during Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017’s tryout held at the Pat Hartley Complex.

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PLAYING THE GAME 11-year-old Zach Combs (left), freshman Skyler Brumit, and sophmore Victoria Dickson run through playing the game Monday, Feb. 13.

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Theatre department presents ‘Mary Poppins’

Actors and singers come together to perform the classic musical Brianna Harmon Arts Editor Tears of joy fell from Victoria Dickson’s face as she was at work and got the news that she was casted as Mary Poppins for the upcoming play at TJC. Dickson did not expect to be casted as the lead. “I was at work because and I had my friend send me a picture of the cast because if I went and didn’t get the role I’d start crying,” said Dickson. “The second I read it on the picture I started crying. I couldn’t believe it. I thought I read it wrong so I kept rereading it over and over again.” Dickson grew up watching Mary Poppins and even saw it on the Broadway tour in Dallas when she was 12 years old. “I’ve been preparing for this my entire life,” said Dickson. “Watching Mary Poppins on TV is my dream role. She has shaped a lot of who I am now because I was so inspired by her when I was younger. I think it has been leading up to this moment for a long time. I had no idea this was coming.” Performances for Mary Poppins will be on Feb. 23-25 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 26 at 2:30 p.m. in the Wise Auditorium. Denise Weatherly-Green, who is a TJC theatre professor, will direct the play. Voice Professor Andrea Trent is the music director and Carolyn Hanna choreographed the play. Weatherly-Green relates a lot with Dickson as she was also raised watching Mary Poppins. “I fell in love with Mary Poppins when I was a little bitty girl,” said Weatherly-Green. “It has been very heart warming to bring Mary Poppins to some of these kids, because believe it or not, some of these kids have never seen the movie before the casting of the show and some even after casting.” The cast was selected so that it would embrace the community and families for the 90th anniversary of

TJC. “For me this, is a safe haven for the kids to be,” said Weatherly-Green “We get so caught up in the baggage of everyday life and the social issues and following the rules of society. George Banks is caught up in those issues and Mary Poppins comes in and says ‘quit getting caught up in things that don’t really matter.’ She allows everyone in her world to find the child that they left behind. Weatherly-Green wishes that everyone who comes to see the play will take something away from watching it, including the cast members. “I would like those viewing and those participating to put all that social baggage aside and get back to believing that tomorrow, for Mary Poppins, anything can happen,” said WeatherlyGreen. “I don’t settle for less in life, I drive my students to achieve excellence. I don’t settle for mediocrity and Mary Poppins is like that. I hope people take a piece of the show with them.” The entire set is built by cast members with Weatherly-Green’s supervision. “We have people who have never operated a power tool and they are very intimated coming in, now they are the best carpenters I have,” said WeatherlyGreen. “I would never ask them to do something I wouldn’t [do] myself. I always tell them if [you] aren’t willing to get your hands dirty then don’t try out.” Cast members also make the costumes on site and Weatherly-Green’s mother who is a seamstress helped. “A part of my of my parents and siblings is in everything I do,” said Weatherly-Green. “I hope someday a part of me is in everything that they do. All these kids are my kids. I try to give a part of me away in everything I do because if I don’t, why am I even here?” The TJC box office will open Feb. 15, their hours are from noon-6 p.m during weekdays while the show is running. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. For reservations you can call 903-510-2212.

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CHIM CHIM CHER-EE Freshman Ethan (left) Beam and Sophmore Victoria Dickson (right) rehearse their roles as Bert and Mary Poppins for the upcoming play at TJC, Monday, Feb. 13.

STEP IN TIME Mary Poppins and the Chimney sweeps rehearse the song Step In Time, Monday, Feb. 13.

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Design 2 “lures” students in with lasting memories Core art class brings an appreciation to the small things in life Rob King Staff Writer When fishing is thought of, the first things that come to mind might be food, sport, survival or necessity. A fishing lure is a tool that facilitates this action, something fairly mundane to those living in rural areas that grew up catching fish in local water bodies. Yet taking the mundane and turning it into a feat of creative expression is precisely in Tyler Junior College Art Professor Chance Dunlap’s wheelhouse. Through his Design 2 class, students “worked through some design issues to create an object that is both aesthetically interesting, yet also has a specific sort of function,” said Dunlap. Design 2 is a core arts class that deals with three-dimensional objects. Dunlap’s fishing lure assignment has students choose the wood they want to work with and draw a basic design, then create a functioning, weighted lure that is completely theirs. “There’s a tradition in the United States of people making fishing lures, it really starts as a Native American practice for catching fish for a very utilitarian need,” said Dunlap. “The first patented fishing lure in the United States was done in 1852, and the first patented wooden fishing lure was like the early 1890s.” Dunlap has been creating art with fishing lures since he was young. His designs are a part of his artistic repertoire and have been featured in various exhibits on campus both in Wise Auditorium and in the Tyler Museum of Art. “I really liked fishing when I was a kid, it was always one of my favorite things, and I collected some old lures that my dad had, and I had them hanging in my bedroom, and I got a book about old fishing lures,” said Dunlap. “It took me about twenty years later, I was in graduate school, and I kind of started making some as a side project to my other studio work, and in the last few years, it has kind of become a big part of it.” Now utilizing this creative idea in the classroom, his students have

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AQUATIC ODDITIES Dunlap’s collection of lures from past design classes slowly builds over time, providing for a wide variety of shapes, color, and sizes.

the opportunity to make something completely their own. Willow Lanchester, an art student who took Dunlap’s class last semester, recalls enjoying the opportunity. “I loved that class, it was so much fun, it was really my first time working with 3D, so it was really amazing,” said Lanchester. “I only made one lure, because I spent time on it because I wanted to get it perfect.” Due in part to her mother being an entomologist, Lanchester has had a fascination with insects, even taking on an internship with the Texas Bee-Keeper Association. So naturally, her lure expressed that aspect of her life and personality. “It was a dragonfly larva,” said Lanchester about her lure design. Starting with the fall 2016 class, Dunlap decided to start collecting lure donations from students in his class. His idea is to create some form of a lasting exhibit showcasing various lure designs from generations of students. This is a work in progress, but ideas he floated included creating a case display in the Jenkins art lobby.


Derrick White, the TJC art department chair, seems to support Dunlap’s idea, though they have yet to discuss any plans in great detail. He seems to have great respect for Dunlap’s art and ideas. “I’ve seen the lures that were created last semester, he had a good group of very talented students and they made some very intriguing, aesthetically pleasing fishing lures. These fishing lures are his life’s passion, and he really brings that kind of passion and energy into the classroom,” said White. “He is a craftsman through and through.” Something everyone in the art department has agreed on is the importance of art in education and the latent potential for beauty and expression that can reside in even the most everyday objects. “All art is made by humans, for humans, about being human,” said White. Registration is closed for Spring 2017 classes, but for more information on TJC’s art department, exhibits, and class offerings visit or stop by the art lobby in Jenkins.





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Career Services offers résumé workshops Austin Hall Student Life Editor

Coming of age can be challenging. Now is the time when students start to take on adult responsibilities such as getting a job and paying bills. To help with this, TJC provides Career Services, located on the second floor of the Rogers Student Center. “Career Services has resources to assist you with career exploration and finding employment. Individual career guidance is available to help you identify possible career matches based on your interests, values, personality preferences, skills, and goals. Career Services also offers group information sessions and workshops throughout the year over a range of topics,” according to the TJC website. One of the first and most important steps to finding a job is making an appealing resume. Career services will be providing

a resume workshop at the Quest center located on the ground floor in the south-east corner of the Vaughn Library Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. “It’s really hard to write a resume; it’s a different type of writing” said Career Services Coordinator Jennifer Renfro. Renfro walks students step by step through the process of making a resume. A detailed slide show is presented while participants get the opportunity to ask specific questions to help them with their individual needs. Handouts are passed around with tools that help with writing a resume, and examples of do’s and don’ts are demonstrated. The workshop is also useful to those that already have a resume, but want theirs to stand out. Tips and tricks to improve resumes are presented at the workshop. “It [your resume] is something that you’re going to use for your entire work career, so I think it’s very important to be

adding to it,” said Renfro. Career Services Calendar - Spring 2017 A variety of students attend Resume Critique (15-minute the workshops, some are looking Rogers Student Center, 2/16/17; 9 AM-4 PM critique) for their first job, others are Career Services 2nd Floor 2/22/17; 9 AM-4 PM No appointment needed applying to universities, and still Vaughn Library QUEST others are advancing their careers. Resume Workshops 2/23/17; 2-2:50 PM Classroom The workshops are for anyone seeking to expand his or her 2/28/17; 9-9:50 AM Vaughn Library QUEST Preparing for the Job Fair 3/1/17; 2– 2:50 PM Classroom options in life. Bailey Miley, an Apache 3/8/17; 11 AM – 2 Rogers Student Center, Job Fair Belle, attended the workshop, PM Apache Rooms 1-4 because she was offered extra 3/23/17; 5:30 PM – 7 Rogers Student Center, Etiquette Dinner credit if she went. She plans PM Apache Rooms 1-4 to apply to Texas A&M’s 3/28/17; 9-9:50 AM Vaughn Library QUEST Resume Workshops 3/29/17; 2- 2:50 PM dance program which involves Classroom 3/30/17; 2-2:50 PM submitting a resume. She feels 4/6/17; 2-2:50 PM that the workshop has helped her 4/11/17; 9-9:50 AM Vaughn Library QUEST with her future plans. Interviewing Workshops 4/12/17; 2:00 – Classroom “This workshop was actually 2:50PM very helpful. A lot of details were TISD Career Technology covered about ways to make your 5/18/17; TBD Internship Fair Center resume stand out,” said Miley. The resume workshop is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the enriching services available to those who are looking Courtesy Photo for ways to advance their career. Students are encouraged to take JOB TRAINING Career Services has a schedule of workshops lined up for the advantage of the full spectrum of semester that students are encouraged to attend. training.

Social media is affecting psychological thinking

who sees it.” When scrolling through her Facebook profile, one would find Social media is a way for people to numerous amounts of memes shared not only connect with their friends, but throughout the day. themselves as well. While people enjoy “I kind of use the personal insight chatting online and sharing pictures, that memes have on social media to look people also enjoy the feedback that they back on and know exactly how I was get. feeling on that day and kind of keep a log “You have to look at why someone of it.” is sharing that particular meme or post,” Along with using memes as a sort of said psychology professor, Cory Howard. online journal, McFarland feels that they “When someone posts a pic on Facebook play an important role with the people of or Instagram and people like it, they get her generation. an actual rush of dopamine which makes “A lot of the memes I see are about them feel good. We get addicted to that.” serious issues like having anxiety, or Dopamine is neurotransmitter other mental illnesses or politics,” said that affects emotions, movements and McFarland. “If you have a mental illness the sensations of pleasure and pain. like anxiety or bipolar, making memes If someone were to receive numerous can make it relatable to other people who amounts of likes on their posts, the have the same issue. Knowing that you’re dopamine would take effect, lifting their not alone could really mean something to mood. someone.” A popular way of connecting with McFarland plans to take her meme people and receiving those likes is by steam to the next level. sharing memes over social media. “I’m going to take part of my culture “Memes are a way for people to the way that the Roaring 20s did with connect to others and to get your point or jazz or the way that the 70s did with message across in a humorous way,” said Woodstock,” said McFarland. “I just Howard. “You can tag a friend in a post feel like memes have become a staple in and that is a way to say this describes us millennial culture, right next to coffee, and “I love you” without actually having Netflix and an intense love for animals.” to say that. It also is a way to connect to While sharing posts on social media others by making the smallest amount of has it benefits, psychology professor Clint effort possible.” Selman believes that students should also Memes are usually captioned be cautious of how much time they put photos or videos meant to amuse or into it. spark interest in its viewers. Sophomore “People don’t intend to put the Kellen McFarland has another reason for bad things that are happening to sharing memes. them on [social media],” said Selman. “As far as social media goes, I kind of “Everybody’s putting this kind of fake make it for me,” said McFarland. “I like presentation out there and comparing to fill it with thoughts and ideas I like themselves to the best foot forward of or agree with, without much thought to everyone else.” Selman recommends that spending less time on social media and talking face-to-face with people would be more beneficial to students. “The less you are on your phone, the more plugged in to the people that are around you now. Studies show that we are more empathic when we interact one on one when we see each other’s faces. You don’t get that in the back and forth of social media.” While there are benefits and setbacks to it, social media has made its way into society and helps keep people connected. Whether it be connected to other people, news around the world, politics or the latest trends, it has found its place and is here to stay. “There’s a benefit to [social media],” said Selman, “but there’s always a cost.” Photo Illustration by Rebecca Najera Rebecca Najera Editor-in-Chief

Ministry provides more than free food for TJC community

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FRIENDLY VOLUNTEERS from Southern Oaks Baptist Church serve a line of hungry staff members, students and faculty.

BSM provides meals, community and services Austin Hall Student Life Editor Every Wednesday staff and student, young and old gather for food, friends and fun. Sounds of conversation, music and pool balls crashing against one another fill the large room full of tables, couches and people. A stage covered with sound equipment can be seen at one end of the room. At the other end pool tables and couches with people lounging enjoying each other’s company. In between are tables covered in cakes drinks and other food related articles. A lunch is provided every Wednesday for students and staff as a way to expose people to the ministry. The food is served by a team of gracious volunteers. The attendees sit at tables in front of the stage enjoying fried chicken, baked beans, potato salad, rolls and cake, while Dr. Mark Jones, Director of the Baptist Student Ministry, presents a devotional. Started in the 1940s, the BSM has been a place that serves students’ social and spiritual needs. Dr. Jones has served as the director of the BSM for the last 20 years. “We hope to have a caring Christ-centered community that looks for ways to serve students,” said Jones. Students come to connect with others who are seeking a Christian life. “I know a lot of people party and stuff, but I was never really about that; it helped me find people that have the same mindset as me,” said Bobby Bressman, member of the BSM leadership committee. Bressman feels that the BSM provided him the opportunity to meet a diverse set of friends. The BSM seeks to be an inclusive environment for all people. “We have folks from a lot of different backgrounds, both Christian and non-Christian

in our programs and ministry,” said Jones. Jones said that the college years are a crucial time in people’s lives. It is a time when many people decide who or what they want to be. The ministry provides guidance and counseling for young people who are uncertain. The BSM gives purpose and leadership opportunities for young lives. “The college experience if we’re not careful is so self-focused. It’s all about me and my major and my social schedule….” said Jones. “Where we see growth as a student finds themselves in who God has created them, is to recognize their brokenness and their need for God their need for other people and healthy relationships. Then they look for ways to turn outward and not inward. We’re gonna put them in some situations. This last fall we had weekend trips to Baton Rouge for flood relief,” said Jones. The missions help students to realize that they have the power to make difference even with limited resources, says Jones. They also bring students out of their comfort zones giving them a new perspective that facilitates growth. “When you engage people that are hurting or in a time of crisis or have lost something, like the flood victims, it puts things in perspective,” said Jones. Rebecca Perry, another member of the BSM Leadership Committee, expressed that the ministry helped her at time in her life when she felt out of place. Perry went with the BSM spring break 2016 to San Marcos TX. to provide relief from the floods that ravaged the area in Oct. 2015. “The Baptist Student Ministry is very involved in trying to get college students to do mission work. They enable that by giving us opportunities to go places. They do at least one mission trip each semester,” said Perry — see BSM page 9 —


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The experience gave her a chance to build friendships and to take a leadership role in the ministry. She says that she now feels a stronger sense of purpose in her life. The mission trips serve a variety of communities in many different ways. Aid for troubled youth, feeding the homeless, and disaster relief are just a few examples of what the BSM gives to surrounding communities. This spring break, the BSM will be sending teams of missionaries to Deweyville,

TX. for flood relief. During these relief trips, the teams do an array of task to provide relief to communities that have been struck by disaster. Construction, clean up or just having an open ear are just a few ways the students help ease the tragedy inflicted on the community Mission trips are open to anyone who desire to help. Those interested in joining can go to the BSM building located across the street from the White Administration building at 1333 S. Baxter Ave.

because they felt that women weren’t treated as second class citizens. Women didn’t have the right to vote until 1920. A black women and a white women couldn’t attend the same school until 1964. Yes, we have more rights as women now than women in the past, but that doesn’t mean that we are equal. We make about 78 cents for every man’s dollar. Men hold more positions in power than women, and for someone like me that is biracial AND a woman, the chance of holding a higher up position is even slimmer. We are constantly told that “boys will be boys” when complaining about the way men treat us. We are told to carry mace, or even tasers if we have to walk alone at night. We’re catcalled, we “ask” to be raped, we’re objectified. We can’t even leave our drinks unattended. In today’s society, I feel that some people hear the word “feminism,” and immediately

think of it as something negative. However, being a feminist doesn’t mean that you are someone that thinks men are pigs, or stands outside burning bras, or gets offended by and tries to challenge every single statement thrown at you. Being a feminist means that you want women to be treated the same way as men. You want to be taken seriously. You want to make the same amount of money as men do for the same amount of work. I understand that some women don’t want to feel oppressed. They don’t want to feel that they are treated as less than a man. And that’s okay. I’ll march for them anyway. I’ll speak for them anyway. And so will thousands upon thousands of other men and women. We wont’t stop fighting. We won’t stop striving for equality. We are feminist. won’t stop fighting. We won’t stop striving for equality. We are feminists.

practices five hours a day for drumline. “I don’t focus on getting first place, I focus on playing the best that I can,” said Reid. “When everyone else thinks the same

is for us to go and make finals,” said Miller. “Because that means we get to play in the University of Dayton arena potentially in front of thousands of people and really put TJC back out there. The feeling of loading the stuff into the truck and getting on that bus knowing I get to go watch finals but not be in it really sucks.” The drumline keeps their heads held high while continuing to strive to play the best they can.

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“I don’t focus on getting first place, I focus on playing the best that I can.”

-Jacob Reid Percussionist

way and when we get that score [first place] we can say we feel like we deserve it and keep on going.” Jen Miller, who is the center Marimba player, sets the tempo for the group. “We have a good thing going right now,” said Miller. “Everyone is giving it their all and striving.” In 2015 competition season, the Apache drumline fell short of making it to finals in the WGI World Championships. “My ultimate goal for the whole season

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THE WAR-SONG Sophomores Jen Miller and Tyler Adams practice in the OHPE gym.

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Music professor creates original pieces TRUMPET LESSONS Freshman Peter Merts (left) and professor Micah Bell take things one step at time in trumpet lessons on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at his office in Jean Browne Theatre.

Feb. 17 - March 2, 2017 • ATENTIION TO DETAIL Freshman Peter Merts (left) and professor Micah Bell (right) go over a particular measure step by step during trumpet lessons on Tuesday, Feb. 14 in his office in Jean Browne Theatre.

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Micah Bell composes music for several schools Barbara Arroio Web Editor TJC music professor Micah Bell had two of his original pieces premiered at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) convention in San Antonio the week of Feb. 10. Bell was an adjunct teacher for two years and is now in his first year as a full time professor at TJC. Graduated from Texas Christian University with a masters in classical trumpet, and also attended The University of North Texas for some time, Bell made his way into music during his period in college. “In all honesty, I went to UNT with the intention of making connections, and I wanted the opportunity to write music there. It was great, the connections I made during my years at UNT and what I learned is just priceless.” said Bell. These connections definitely worked in his favor when Dr. Jason Bergman, who currently teaches trumpet at UNT, asked Bell to write a piece for his trumpet ensemble to play at TMEA. “We were reunited on a gig last semester and he was playing some music that I had written,” said Bell. “And he asked me if I would write something for his trumpet ensemble, so he hired me to do that.” Bell then wrote ‘Diversity United’, which was featured by the eight-member trumpet ensemble of UNT on Feb. 11 at the TMEA. “We all have different backgrounds; we all come from different backgrounds, but instead on focusing on those differences that we have, which seems to be the trend right now, it

celebrates them. It celebrates the differences of our backgrounds coming together to create something amazing,” said Bell about his piece. He also wrote another piece for Minneola Middle School entitled ‘The Pursuit’, featured by them on Feb. 10 at the same event. “A part of it is easy for a middle school band to play, but it’s also something challenging and very impressive to listen to,” said Bell. “It’s called ‘The Pursuit’ because it represents the pursuit of happiness, you know, through life and basically trying to realize that you’ll have ups and downs, but if you keep your eye on the prize, it will all work out.” One of his original pieces will also be featured in TJC’s 90th Anniversary Music Extravaganza on April 27, at 7:30 p.m. “That’s kind of in the process of happening right now,” said Bell. “In April I think, they’re doing basically like a big celebration concert with the choir and and the ensembles for the 90th anniversary of TJC. I’m in the process now of writing some original music and some arrangements of some TJC-based music.” Being someone who has written many pieces before, Bell believes that determination comes before inspiration in the process of writing. “It’s one of those things… if you have a deadline to write music for someone you kind of have to rely on other things,” said Bell. “Usually, what [I] do, I start off with some simple melodic ideas, then I decide how I want to develop that melody, so instead of waiting for inspiration that I’d have to have, that may or may not come, I have to make it myself.” Bell plans to continue to create his own pieces.

MOVIE REVIEW - SPLIT Rebecca Najera Editor-in-Cheif To start, I went into this movie not really knowing what to expect. I haven’t watched an M. Night Shamaylan film since I was like, six, so I wasn’t really sure how his directing style would be since I couldn’t even remember the movie. I had been told by several people that his best film was “The Sixth Sense,” and then everything after that, like “The Last Airbender” (which I refused to watch because I didn’t want to be disappointed by its poor adaptation from the TV show, was a let down). Despite all of the negativity I had heard, I went into the theater with a positive mindset. AND BOY. That movie was great. For those of you that don’t know what this film is about, a man named Kevin suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). He has 23 different alters, and we get to experience a few of them throughout the movie. Hence the title, “Split.” One day, a group of girls and one of their dads are getting in their car when Kevin, or rather one of Kevin’s alters, attacks them and kidnaps the girls. He later holds them hostage and makes them feel like they’re going to be a part of some kind of ceremony. We’re not quite sure what it is, but several of the alters are excited for it, while several more are totally against it. In order to escape, the girls try to play along and manipulate

some of the alters. I’m not a psych major or anything, but I have taken general psychology, so I tried to poke holes throughout the movie based off of what I knew about DID. While it’s hard to believe that someone with a rare disorder could have 23 different alters, James McAvoy plays them all so well. As a viewer, you didn’t have to guess at which alter he was playing because he effortlessly made each one of them so clear. His mannerisms, his facial features, his posture; it was all on point. While there were a few moments where I felt like the film was trying too hard, or made secretive actions seem notso-secretive, overall, it was quite enjoyable. I actually watched it twice. Watching it a second time allowed me to search for things I didn’t see the first time. While filming, the crew definitely paid attention to detail and was sure to catch every single thing. The storyline was pretty solid for the most part, and while this film was a thriller, there were a few comedic bits thrown in to lighten the mood, but not enough to take away from the film. If you’re someone that’s interested in being a little creeped out, but also a little humored at the same time, this is definitely the film for you. Maybe M. Night Shyamalan is making a comeback. Let’s hope the next film is just as good as this one, and all of these positive reviews don’t go to his head. I can’t wait to see how James McAvoy and his character progress.

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Saturday, February 18 - Baseball Game - 4:00 p.m. Tyler, TX - Rock and Roll at the Dome - Family Movie Matinee: “Pete’s Dragon” - Taylor Auditorium 10:30 a.m. - Lucas for Sheriff - Juls - 8:00 p.m. - Babe Release Show - Breakers 9:30 p.m.- 1:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 21 - Softball Game - The Brook Hill School, Bullard, TX - 2:00 p.m. - Student Senate: General Assembly - J1109 - 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 22 - AAC: Comedy Show - Apache Rooms - 4:30 p.m. - Resume Critique (No appointment needed) - RSC 2nd floor - 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. - Women’s Basketball Game Wagstaff Gymnasium - 5:30 p.m. Thursday, February 23 - Resume Workshop - Vaughn Library/QUEST Room - 2:00 p.m. -Open Mic Night - The Foundry -

6:30 p.m. - Mary Poppins (Opening Night) Wise Auditorium - 7:30 p.m. - Catch The Wave of the Millennials - Holiday Inn S. Broadway Ave 9:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. - Open Mic Night - Juls - 8:30 p.m. Friday, February 24 -Last Day to Drop with a “W” Spring 1st 8- week - Great Performance Series - Jean Browne Theatre - 1:00 p.m. - Mockingbird 2017: The Soul of the Gospel - The Foundry - 5:00 p.m. - City of Tyler celebrates Black History Month - Liberty Hall - 7:00 p.m. - Mary Poppins - Wise Auditorium - 7:30 p.m. -Ali Holder Live - Juls - 8:00 p.m. Saturday, February 25 - Men’s Tennis Game - Murphy Tennis Center - 10:00 a.m. - Women’s Tennis Team - Murphy Tennis Center - 10:00 a.m. - Mockingbird 2017: The Soul of the Gospel - The Foundry - 5:00 p.m.

NEWS IN BRIEF STUDENT ARRESTED WITH MARIJUANA At 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, resident Jaques Smith was arrested for marijuana possession in Ornelas B. NEW RECORD FOR SPRING ENROLLMENT TJC’s spring enrollment rate increased by 7.3 percent, making for a total of 11,427 students on the roster. DEBATE TEAM TAKES HOME FIRST PLACE Team traveled to Texas A&M Feb. 3-5 where they competed against 18 different colleges and universities. OHPE UPGRADES WORKOUT EQUIPMENT Gym has slowly been removing equipment from second floor to replace with newer equipment Feb. 17. FOOTBALL TEAM TAKES IN NEW PLAYERS Fifty-one high school seniors committed to the Apache football 2017 team as announced on Feb. 1. BASEBALL VICTORIOUS WHILE AT HOME TJC baseball swept Frank Phillips College in a threegame series on Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11. PROFESSOR ELECTED INTO FRATERNITY Director of bands, Jeremy Strickland, was elected into bandmaster fraternity Phi Beta Mu, Saturday, Feb. 11. WOMEN’S TENNIS YET TO LOSE A MATCH Lady Apaches win the Collin Women’s JUCO invitational Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11.

- Live Music: Strahan/The Brother’s and Sisters - The Foundry - 7:30 p.m. - Mary Poppins - Wise Auditorium - 7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 26 - Mary Poppins - Wise Auditorium - 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 27 - Men’s and Women’s Golf Tournament - Bullard, TX (All day) - Baseball Game - Mike Carter Baseball Field - 1:00 p.m. - Men’s Basketball Game Wagstaff Gymnasium - 6:00 p.m. - Black History Month: Game Show Tuesday, February 28 - Preparing for a Job Fair - Vaughn Library/ QUEST Room - 9:00 a.m.4:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 1 - Fall 2017 Housing Application Priority Placement Deadline - Preparing for a Job Fair Wagstaff Gymnasium - 2:00 p.m. - Women’s Basketball Game Wagstaff Gymnasium - 5:30 p.m.

- Men’s Basketball Game Wagstaff Gymnasium - 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2 - Master Class Series - Jean Browne Theatre - 1:00 p.m. - TJC Jazz Festival - Liberty Hall 7:30 p.m. - Open Mic Night - Juls - 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 3 - Master Class Series - Jean Browne Theatre - 1:00 pm - TJC Jazz Festival - Liberty Hall 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4 - Rose City 36th Chili Cook-off - Gander Mountain - 11:00 a.m.3:30 p.m. - March 7 - AAC: BINGO Night - RSC 2nd Floor - 7:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. - Faculty Senate Meeting - White Admi Tuesday, March 28 - FASFA Workshop - White Administrative Building - 2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Fairytale Theatre performs at The Venue on Saturday, Feb. 4.

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Feb. 17 - March 2, 2017 •

Thanksgiving spent shivering at Standing Rock

Sociology Professor Ryan Button shares his story of an impromptu trip to ND Marshall Cearfoss Managing Editor Huddling around a small campfire in North Dakota while using a fruitcake as poker currency was not how Sociology Professor Ryan Button planned on spending his Thanksgiving two days prior. After a phone call with a friend from the Makah Indian Reservation about the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s struggles, he felt inspired to do something. “I got off the phone and I was just thinking, why am I not doing that? I don’t have anything to do, I didn’t have any family to spend time with,” said Button. “I sat on it for about five or six hours and a little after midnight, my car was packed, my dog was packed and was gone.” After driving all night and most of the next day, he stayed the night at the Crow Creek Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The following day, he drove the last stretch of road and finally arrived at Standing Rock. “I was expecting, you know, resistance. I was expecting there to be water protectors there,” he said. Unlike how headlines and photos had depicted the area, it was surprisingly quiet for Button. He assumes the calm was a result of Thanksgiving. “Because it was Thanksgiving ... there weren’t many people there. But the tribes were represented. They were there, and they had small groups that were kind of camped in,” said Button. “I didn’t see the presence of any security or anything there.” Upon arrival, he was surprised by how welcoming and organized the camp was. “There was literally someone there telling me where to park. This would be the little area you could stay in,” said Button. “Everything was marked down to time fragments. They would have someone who would talk to you who would meet with you and talk about the position of the tribe. It was very much like showmanship.” The mixture of seasoned demonstrators along with newcomers deemed fascinating to the sociology professor. “You could tell how long people had been there by what their setup was. Some had a nice chair out and an awning that’s kind of bolted into the ground and you can see where they cook food everyday,” he said. “There were a couple of those that looked like elders’ tents. They more kind of kept off to themselves.” In the evening, the “outsiders,” as he called them, were escorted by tribe elders to the Missouri River. This area is one many might recognize from news coverage of the conflict between protesters and security.

The internet’s odd impact on African Americans’ hair Bianca Fullylove Staff Writer

From lace-front wigs to dreads, social media is taking hairstyles and do-it-yourself hair tutorials to new heights in the African American culture. Cosmetologist, Paula Runnels of Elite Hair Salon said social media is working in her favor, making business extremely profitable. Runnels uses social media to showcase her clients’ hairstyles, and to promote Transformations, her custom wig and hair product company. “It’s all about how you look at social media,” said Runnels. “If you’re not willing to push your business to another level, then yes, it could hurt you because everybody else is seeking new technology and trying different looks.” Freshman Alexia Hawkins learned to do different types of braids using hair tutorials on social media. She learned how to do box, fishtail, and waterfall braids, all using social media vlogs and blogs. Hawkins likes to wear her hair in a variety of styles, and social media tutorials have allowed her to do so. “I think that it plays a big part on hair and how people want their hair to look so, yeah, I think it plays a big part in how people wear their hair,” said Hawkins. A popular way for African Americans to style their hair is with perms. “I’ve worn a perm since the 90s and transitioned from a jheri curl, and been wearing one ever since,” said 49-yearold TJC sophomore Lenore King. Perms are curly or straight hairstyles that are set using chemicals that allow it to last for

months. King believes wearing perms can be risky because of some of the chemicals involved and the different types of hair textures. According to a May 2014 issue of Essence magazine, relaxers (which are used for perms) can lead to hair loss. Because of King’s hair texture, using gentle chemical relaxers found mostly in children’s hair care products is satisfying. She started using perms because she “was tired of nappy hair and those big afros that come with jheri curls.” With perms comes versatility, and through King’s use of social media’s hair tutorials and DIY videos, she can rock an unlimited amount of styles. Another, more recent trend in the African American hair culture is to just go all natural. Sophomore Alize Lewis said her natural hair is easy to maintain and it’s healthier because she doesn’t use chemicals on it. “I just wanted my hair to grow back without perms and all that,” said Lewis. Freshman Lexy Fields also wears her hair in its natural state and plans to continue to do so. “I love my natural hair. It’s our hair,” said Fields. “They’re rocking that natural hair.” Lewis and Fields both enjoy viewing social media hair videos. “I think it’s cool because it gives people different ideas because they want to do their hair in different styles and see how it turns out,” said Fields. With hair versatility in African heritage and culture, there is no set rule when using certain hair care products. The sky is the limit.

“They’d have a ceremony where one of the leaders would just pray over the water,” he said. “There was nothing to be in opposition to. You could see the sights like the one little hill where the security forces and police forces stood on top, and the protestors were all along the bottom of the hill. You get to see that, but there was [no one] there.” After the ceremonies, the group was guided back to the main camp. From there, the camp as a whole wasn’t quite as much of a communion as Button had expected. “There were definitely, kind of, circles. When you come back from the water, it’s not like one big group coming back together. Everybody was in their little distinct areas,” he said. Once settled, Button befriended two Arizona State University students. That night was spent focusing on two things that reminded him of his four years in the military: finding ways to spend time and staying alive. “It was beyond cold,” he said. In the spare time of the frigid night, Button and his companions decided to play a bit of poker. But without poker chips with which to bet, the team had to use their imagination to determine wages. “So, we’re all sitting around, it’s probably around 11:30 p.m., and I remembered this fruitcake. I had just kind of thrown

it in the car and I’d forgotten about it,” he said, gleefully. “But I didn’t know it was a fruitcake, I thought it was chocolate cake made out of Guinness. So, I ran back out to the car, and I was like, hey I got this, we can play poker for it.” After trying the cake, he soon regretted remembering it. “It was the worst thing we’d ever tasted in our lives,” he said. Instead of simply throwing it away, the group devised a new purpose for the undesirable desert. “If you lost, you had to take someone else’s slice of cake and eat it at the end of the night,” he reminisced. “It was what we called fruitcake roulette.” Another aspect that made his trip unique was how isolated everyone was from the rest of the world while camping out. “One of the coolest things about it was there’s no cell reception there. I mean absolutely no cell reception. So, if you wanted to use your cellphone, it’s almost a mile hike to go up to this plateau, and at that point, you can’t talk, but you can get some text messages or it will catch up with your email. So, you really do feel caught off from the world, which kind of adds to this embeddedness,” said Button. He gained a deep understanding of all the tribes represented there, along with the Sioux Tribe. “It’s almost like every single person you came up to that was a part of an actual tribe was there to tell their history, their story and why they’re there,” he said. “They put in a lot of effort to control the discourse, almost like embedding their conversations with these known words.” The only part of the camp that Button felt was inappropriate was how many of the tribes’ resources were being used by the “outsider” protesters. “I didn’t like how some people would just come in there and basically live off of the tribes,” he said. “Here we are as ‘water protectors’ but tons of people are drinking water that belongs to the tribe.” Despite that, the generosity of the tribes continued to astound the professor. “If I didn’t come in with the six blankets and water that I had, I would not have gone thirsty and I would have stayed warm,” he said. The next morning, Button awoke to find that his ASU friends had already packed up and left, and more demonstrators were pouring in. Overall, Button considered the trip to be an edifying and humbling experience. “It was a huge cultural impact, I thought it was masterfully handed,” he said. “I really felt like I was a part of that, and I was there for less than 20 hours.”

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