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Vol. XLIV Issue 12 November 14, 2017

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MASS SHOOTING

Student view points: Gun control, mental health or both? PAGE 2

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VETERANS DAY World War II veteran shares his story with students at vet event PAGE 3

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SCHOLARSHIPS

Honors program offers four scholarships for spring semester PAGE 6

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SOCCER UPDATE

Thunderducks advance to finals in championship tournament PAGE 7

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2 OPINION

November 14, 2017

America has a mass shooting problem; it’s time to wake up

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Editorial

Mass shootings have become an unfortunate part of American life. It seems every week we are subjected to a tragedy that could have been prevented. A gunman named Devin Patrick Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Nov. 5 and committed the largest mass shooting in Texas history. He murdered 26 people and wounded 20 others in their house of worship. This senseless act of domestic terrorism is unacceptable in a

civilized society. It has become the moral obligation of this newspaper to speak out against these tragedies. According to Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Freeman Martin in an interview with The Associated Press, Kelley sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law who attended the church. He had a criminal record but was still able to buy a Ruger AR-556 assault rifle and two handguns. The Air Force, despite being aware of Kelley’s violent past, did not submit his background information to be included in a federal database as required by law, which would have prevented him from purchasing firearms. Whether due to a clerical error, laziness or something yet to be revealed, 26 people

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were murdered during their Sunday morning no choice but to take action ourselves and demand they respond. We hope for a more service. We urge our readers to reach out to their peaceful nation where the safety of Americans political representatives, senators and Texas is as important as their right to life, liberty and Gov. Greg Abbott and urge them to support the pursuit of happiness. - Editorial Board policies that address mental health and gun control. In no way are we challenging the Second Amendment and a citizen’s right to own a firearm. Stephen Willeford, 55, and Johnnie Langendorff, 27, were armed citizens who shot and wounded Kelley as he was leaving the church. While the valor of these heroes is commendable, the massacre should never have happened. When dealing with the livelihood of other citizens, the right to bear arms must be balanced with the duty of responsibility. That means permanently removing guns from the hands of mentally ill individuals. It means requiring thorough and precise background checks that do not allow people with a history of domestic violence to purchase weapons. We cannot become numb to the pain and suffering of innocent people. Religious freedom, a First Amendment right was taken away from 26 people last Sunday by an act of terror. We cannot take the safety of American citizens, whether in elementary schools, churches or concerts, for granted. Children should never become target practice for a deranged maniac. That is unacceptable in a robust and industrial nation. We must do better. Graphics courtesy gunviolencearchive.org Until Congress and the president come U.S. gun violence Jan.1 to Nov. 10, 2017. together and work out a solution, we have

VIEWPOINTS

“Are mass shootings a mental health problem, gun control problem or both?”

– Harris Sadiq “Without gun control you’re not gonna solve the problem of the actual violence. But without investing in mental health you’re never going to be able to solve the problem of the individual who commits the crime.” – Talia Irshad, RCHS, political science major “ I think it’s a gun control issue. All the shooters aren’t seen with pistols, they’re seen with assault rifles which you can buy. I think gun control needs to be stricter.” – Moeez Qureshi, RCHS, health services major “I think it’s both. There seems to be an element we have in this country that doesn’t necessarily appear in other countries. Solving it is not gonna be easy but we have to ask ourselves the hard questions in order to do that.” – Mark Ammann, associate dean, Learning Support Services Staff Photos Aly Rodrigues


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Veterans Melanie Brandow, left, and Marvin Marks at the Richland Veterans Resource Fair on Nov 2.

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World War II vet Marvin Marks, 91, shared stories and advice with students in a celebration of Veterans Day. He was one of the veterans who visted Richland on Nov. 2. Marks enlisted in the Navy in 1943, served in both the Atlantic and the Pacific theaters of the war, then was discharged in 1946. “I started off in boot camp,” Marks said. “We were Navy gunners on these merchant ships. I made one crossing. I decided to get on a fighting ship – the USS Doyle, a destroyer.” Marks said he was with the USS Texas when, on June 6, 1944, they picked up some survivors. It was a landing ship and they transferred them to a bigger ship. “I didn’t know who the survivors were,” he said. “Our ship was only 1,600 tons. It was considered a 1600 class destroyer. Close to 300 men were on it.” Marks had family members who also served. He lost a brother in 1944, and his father was in the Navy in World War I. “He was in the 101st Airborne,” Marks said of his brother. “He was killed in Gascon during the Battle of the Bulge.” Marks said that in 1946, “My hitch was up. I decided I was going to sign off.” He was injured and got the Purple Heart though. He was in the English Channel during the invasion of Normandy when radar picked up an unidentified aircraft. The ship’s crew were told to go to general quarters. “Someone yelled out, ‘Friendly aircraft, don’t fire!’ Marks said, but it turned out that the friendly fire was a German FW 180. It opened fire on the ship. Marks was hit in his legs by shrapnel and has eight scars to show for it. “I still got my scars,” he said. “We didn’t have a doctor aboard.”

They taped up his legs and took him back to port where there was a doctor who took out the shrapnel and put in some stitches. “He says to me, ‘you know, you got the Purple Heart’ I said, ‘Is that a ticket home?’ He said, ‘You wish’.” Marks then went back to the ship where he had one day of light duty and that was it. When he left the Navy, he was unemployed for a year. “I went to work for Hercules Powder Company in Kingston, N.Y.,” he said. “I was driving a pickup and asked them what my salary was – it was $15 an hour. I asked them, ‘Who do I have to kill?’” At that particular time, Marks said, that was good money. Marks didn’t know what to expect when he began driving a pickup filled with nitroglycerin from Kingston to Jersey City, N. J., but it was part of his job. “I had to be off the highway by 4:30 p.m., he said. Marks was born in Brooklyn and has lived in Dallas since 1950. He moved to Texas when he married his wife, a Texan. “I went to work for the sheriff’s department. Bill Decker hired me in 1960,” he said. “I put 25 years in with the sheriff’s office. Then I worked at the Dallas Police Department as a policeman for 15 years. I retired in 2000.” Marks had a bit of advice for students who are interested in a military career. “I’m from the old school, so I can’t say too much,” he said. With today’s situation, he advised others to join the military. You never know what’s going to happen. Benefits are good. Take the Navy because you get three square meals a day.” His response to the food? “Pretty good – can’t complain,” he said. “We had an open galley. You can order what you want most of the time.”

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4 ENTERTAINMENT

November 14 , 2017

'Thor: Ragnarok' worth every minute

RICKY MILLER

Entertainment Editor

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“Thor: Ragnarok,” the third entry in the “Thor” series, finds banished sister Hela laying claim to the throne of Asgard. Hela is played with a vicious stride by Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (“The Aviator,” “Blue Jasmine”). This entry has plenty of laughs. The title character, played by Chris Hemsworth, is around for most of the movie. He shares plenty of scenes with Anthony Hopkins, Mark Ruffalo and Tessa Thompson. Co-stars also include Idris Elba, Karl Urban and Jeff Goldblum. Hemsworth also shares screen time with adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Although they are not flesh-andblood identities, the characters’ closeness seals a bond between the men. For the first time, Hemsworth’s Thor loses his blonde locks. Gone are the days of introducing characters just so their existence will be viewed as a futile attempt to keep them around for later chapters. I think both “Captain America: The First Avenger” and the mediocre “Iron Man 2” were notorious for dabbling into this end of Disappointmentville, U. S. A. Thompson is worthwhile as Valkyrie who battled Hela years ago with Odin (Hopkins). These scenes are just a few of the backstories inserted into the plot. “Thor: Ragnarok” is all about comedic timing and rapport the characters show with one another. The banter between Hulk and Thor makes for some amusing moments. This movie plays up the humor factor quite a bit, something that has been lacking in most

superhero movies. That is the whole point of even seeing movies in the theatre. “Thor:  Ragnarok” also has plenty of inside jokes such as the code to turn on the spaceship is “Point Break,” something Robert Downey Jr.’s character said in the first “Avengers” movie referring to a 1991 Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 action movie with Patrick Swayze  and Keanu Reeves. Karl Urban is Skurge, a reluctant warrior who pledges himself to Hela for the sake of saving his own life and does what he can to make sure he stays in Hela’s good graces. Director Taika Waititi knows how to present the comedic timing. Part of this goes back to his earlier work like in the little-seen “What We Do in the Shadows” (2014), a vampire satire that made fun of the undead and all of the nuances that occur when being part of the creatures of the night. A New Zealand director, Waititi also did a credible job with “Hunt for The Wilderpeople,” the tale of an orphaned boy who struggles to find a family that will accept him. I am one of the few writers covering the film industry who does not mind the constant onslaught of superhero productions. Part of that rests in bigger production budgets and attention to detail that is played out in large-scale productions. I have not quite reached the point of superhero fatigue. The closest I got was Ryan Reynolds’s turn in Martin Campbell’s abysmal “Green Lantern” (2011). The whole point is that “Thor: Ragnarok” does what it’s supposed to do and truly entertains the audience. It runs slightly over two hours and is worth every minute. One’s eyeballs stay glued to the screen with this film. Grade: B+

Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Tom Hiddleston in "Thor: Ragnarok" (2017)

“Saving Private Ryan” (1998) – For some unknown reason, the Oscar voters loved “Shakespeare in Love” instead that particular year. Steven Spielberg, however, won a Best Director award for this amazing film. The opening scene, involving the beach assault on Normandy is quite simply jaw dropping.

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Students reflect on 'Stranger Things' CAITLIN RAMSEY Staff Writer

"I think the students who didn't grow up in the 80s find it original, but I know exactly where the writers got their inspiration from,” said Mauricio Solis, a student at Richland who has watched both “Stranger Things” and “Stranger Things 2.” “If you know where the artist got their inspiration from that means it is unoriginal." “Stranger Things” is a science fiction-horror show based in Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s. The first season follows a group of kids trying to find their missing friend using the help of a girl with psychokinetic abilities. Along with the appearance of the girl, other supernatural events occur that the people of the town, including the missing boy’s mother, played by Winona Ryder, have to face. The second season focuses on the lives of the people affected by the supernatural occurrences and their attempt to return to normalcy. “Stranger Things” was released July 15, 2016, on Netflix to astounding reviews. It received 94 percent from Rotten Tomatoes. Season Two, titled “Stranger Things 2”, released Oct. 27, 2017, did not disappoint either, receiving 94 percent from Rotten Tomatoes again. But do students feel “Stranger Things” or “Stranger Things 2” deserves such praise? Ricky Gonzalez, who is on the second episode of “Stranger Things 2,” said he enjoyed the kids’ story line, but more for their character. “I like how they get the personalities spot on,” Gonzalez said. Gonzalez has three younger sisters and said, “It’s pretty accurate

“Born on the Fourth of July” (1989) – This film was released when director Oliver Stone was a darling of the Academy. He won Best Director Award for this amazing true-life tale of paraplegic former Marine Ron Kovic who protested the Vietnam War.

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the way they [the kids] think. I kind of enjoy that. They kind of remind me of my sisters.” And then the big question: What do students think of Steve? Steve started out in “Stranger Things” as the popular kid who was somewhat full of himself, but had a genuine interest in Nancy, an unpopular nerdy student. “I like the character he has become. He grew as a character,” said Celeste Molano, who has finished “Stranger Things” and “Stranger Things 2” and has also watched “Beyond Stranger Things,” a behind-the-scenes look at production. “The producers thought the same [about Steve],” Molano said. Those who watched Season Two, there is the question about Bob the Brain: was his ending expected? Bob was a surprise relationship for Joyce Byers, the missing boy’s mother to bring some happiness into her life. But only Molano mentioned his exit. She said, at Bob’s final scene, she knew what was coming.“As soon as he stopped, I thought, that’s it. He [Bob] is going to die,” Molano said. And another sad farewell: Barb. Barb, Nancy’s best friend in “Stranger Things" didn’t like Nancy’s change when she started dating Steve. But Barb had little say as she made her exit early in “Stranger Things,” much to the disappointment of the show’s audience. “She [Barb] is not coming back. I thought she was coming back,” Molano said. Those who overheard their friends’ mixed reviews of “Stranger Things” and “Stranger Things 2” had mixed responses. Aden Nega, who also hasn’t seen the show, heard her friend Molano’s review and said, “What’s so strange about it? I just want to know.”

“The Hurt Locker” (2008) – Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman director to receive an Oscar for leading this action-drama involving a soldier played by Jeremy Renner and his affinity for dismantling weapons of mass destruction in the field.

“Zero Dark Thirty” (2012) – This amazing film based on true life tells the story about the hunt for one of the most despicable human beings on the planet: Osama bin Laden. With Jessica Chastain.

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“Hacksaw Ridge” (2016) – This film by Academy Award-winning director Mel Gibson is based on the true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who never fired a single shot in all his days in the army. With Sam Worthington (“Avatar”) and Vince Vaughn.

–Ricky Miller

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November 14, 2017 CAMPUS 5

Rockin'around the Richland trees: Campus awarded ALY RODRIGUES Editor-in-Chief

Staff photos Aly Rodrigues

Tyler Wright with Texas Trees Foundation shows volunteers how to plant a tree during the Arbor Day celebration at Richland.

USA status, Richland must host a service learning project each year to observe Arbor Day. Tyler Wright, urban and community forester, explained the importance of trees. “Dallas is what we call an 'urban heat island,' which means that there is a lot of concrete, a lot of buildings and a lot of roadways, but not a lot of green infrastructure.” According to Wright, in 2011 there were 300 deaths in DFW due to the heat.

“By planting trees and using other cooling strategies we could have prevented these [deaths] and have trees survive longer." Volunteers and about 30 Girl Scouts planted 10 trees on campus with the help of Wright and his partner. For Ayesha Hameed, mother of one of the scouts, it’s important for the girls to have experiences like Arbor Day. “It tells them how to get more involved with nature. Kids are always inside, so this is

a good way that they can come out and learn about trees and how to give back to nature.” Isaac David, a Green Team member, got to learn something new. “I learned how to plant trees today. It was my first time.” David said the event was great and that he enjoyed the experience. “I love what we are doing here. Everyone is putting in more effort to make sure the environment is good for everyone.”

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Arbor Day at Richland couldn’t be more special. The Green Team joined forces with the Texas Trees Foundation, Girl Scouts and the Texas A&M Forest Service Nov. 4 to celebrate the occasion. Unlike the rest of the U.S., Texas Arbor Day is celebrated the first Friday in November. This year Richland received Tree Campus USA status from the Arbor Day Foundation. An award ceremony took place in between Wichita and Pecos Halls near Lake Thunderduck. About 50 people attended including Green Team members and Richland President Dr. Kay Eggleston who received the award. After the reception, members of the Texas Tree Foundation showed volunteers, Girl Scouts and their families how to plant a tree. Richland has a 17 year partnership with the foundation. To maintain President Dr. Kay Eggleston Tree Campus


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Holiday brings Richland community together LASHANDA MCCUIN

Staff Writer

Thanksgiving for many is a joyful event filled with love, but not everyone has family or friends to be with on this holiday so Richland wrestling coach Bill Neal opens his doors to students. “I’ve hosted this event for 20 years and we’ve ranged from one to 28 guests. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I’ve had to spend it alone and I didn’t want anyone else to experience being alone on this holiday,” Neal said. There are several reasons students may be alone during the holidays. One reason is because some employers don’t allow employees to take the day off. The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year for many companies, which can bring them recordbreaking sales. Students frequently have to

work throughout the day and miss Thanksgiving dinner. Another reason is because airline tickets are so expensive. According to CNBC, domestic fare prices can rise 13 percent during the peak holiday season due to the high volume of travelers. Prices can rise $10 a day leading up to the holiday. This makes the flying unaffordable for many students. Neal sends out an invitation to the Richland community every year. “I place my Thanksgiving event on the website and also send out an email blast to all the faculty, staff and students to get the message out to as many people as possible,” said Neal. Thanksgiving dinners have been a tradition since the Pilgrims and Native Americans first celebrated the fall harvest together in 1621. The Thanksgiving tradition has been passed down through the generations ever since.

“If a student comes to the Thanksgiving dinner, they don’t have to bring anything. I provide all the food, so they can come and enjoy the meal. We are out in the country and live in a log home sitting on top of the hill. I’ve got cattle, horses, dogs, cats, chickens, a treehouse and a 90-foot zip line. I’ve had kids from 3 years old to 91 years old get on the zip line. People will have a fun and country experience,’’ Neal said. This is a fun and free event for those who can’t be with family and friends during the holiday. Neal’s door is open to Richland students, faculty and staff who can travel the 75 miles to Neal’s house. Guests should arrive after 11 a.m. The meal will be served at 1 p.m. Visitors are invited to stay afterwards to enjoy the surroundings. For more information or to RSVP contact Neal at bneal@dcccd.edu.

“It’s much more than the money because the chance of getting an honors scholarship goes much farther than the actual price of the tuition that it goes down,” Honors Program adviser Stephen Salle said. “By getting an honors scholarship, it goes on their resume and they can take that resume to the university or to a job and say they were scholarship recipient in Honors. And that speaks very highly.” The Honors scholarships, however, are not automatically renewed each semester. There are only five scholarships offered and the Honors Program wants to keep them competitive. Students need to apply for the scholarships each semester. The first step is to apply to the Richland Honors Program. Applications can be found at https://tinyurl.com/apply-to-Richland-Honors. Applicants must also write a 300- to 500-word personal statement for admission to the program. Admission requirements for current Richland students include completion of nine college-level credit hours with a minimum

GPA of 3.25 and be college readiness in reading, writing and math or eligible to enroll in DMAT 0310. Transfer Students must have a GPA of 3.25 or better with at least 12 credit hours in college-level courses and submission of an official college transcript from a U.S. institution. Incoming freshman and students with fewer than 12 credit hours must have at least one of the following scores: * An SAT of 560 in both math and evidencebased reading and writing (after March 2016) * A combined SAT score of 1130 for both math and critical reading (prior to March 2016) * An ACT composite score of 23 with a score of at least 21 for both math and English * A Texas Initiative (TSI) score of 360 reading and 345 for math, plus a score of 6 on essay writing or 5 on essay writing with a score of 370 on sentence structure For more information, students may visit the Honors Program office located in El Paso lounge, Room 056.

Scholarship opportunities for next semester THU NGUYEN

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This semester is almost over and it’s time to prepare for the next one. There are several scholarship opportunities up for grabs. Applications for four $500 Richland Honors Scholarships and one $400 Joe Stanco Memorial Honors Scholarship are now available for Richland students. Scholarship recipients will be awarded during the upcoming spring semester. The application deadline is midnight, Jan. 15, 2018. College-level students and dual-credit students who are enrolled in at least 12 college-level credit DCCCD hours, including at least one Richland Honors course for the spring 2018 semester, are qualified to apply. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and not have received a fall 2017 Richland Honors or Joe Stanco scholarship. This does not include Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) students.

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November 14, 2017

Thunderducks progress to finals of NJCAA KAMMONKE

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James Sasay drives the ball forward against the Herkimer Generals. He scored two goals.

The first half was a show of solid defensive displays by both teams. The pace advanced a bit more in the second half. Ocean County opened up the scoring in the 63rd minute after a Viking headed a whipped cross past the Richland goalkeeper, Elias Munoz. Richland responded 20 minutes later when sophomore Gustavo Lopez scored from a Pierre Barrafranca assist. The match was still tied at the end of 90 minutes (regular time) and extended into overtime.

The match was heading into a penalty shootout, until, with only 20 seconds left on the clock, Richland’s leading scorer, James Sasay hit an excellent volley into the back of the net to ensure Richland’s progress into the semifinals. At press time, the Thunderducks are scheduled to play the final game on Nov 11. If they win, they will be champions two years in a row. Follow RLC Thundersports on twitter @ thundersports for the score.

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Zeke Elliott’s continuing saga: justice or injustice?

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From pros to pee wees, bad behavior is wrecking the game of football. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones seems to be trying to oversee the NFL instead of Commissioner Roger Goodell. Jones is threatening to sue the NFL because he doesn’t want Goodell’s contract to be renewed. It’s time for the league to start searching for Goodell’s replacement. He didn’t do a respectable job with Ezekiel Elliott’s case. It’s been going back and forth, back and forth. One day he’s suspended by the NFL, a few days later the courts grant him eligibility. This time the six-game suspension will stick even though Elliott wasn’t charged with domestic violence. And after three brawls in Week 9 including the incident in Jacksonville between the Bengals A.J. Green and the Jaguars Jalen Ramsey which led to no suspensions, Goodell reputation is really sinking. Harris Sadiq, managing editor of the Richland Chronicle, is disgusted by the way Goodell is handling things. “If the commissioner would’ve done a good job, none of this would’ve happened,” says Sadiq. Drew Castillo, who also writes for the Chronicle, says there’s no leadership in the NFL. “He doesn’t want another Ray Rice incident but

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (left) and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones are at odds again.

where’s the evidence?,” says Castillo. Both Sadiq and Castillo agreed that Goodell is corrupt and should be replaced Once again, this world is poisoning our children’s dreams with violence. Of all sports, football is to blame. Why? Because an angry parent got upset when his son who plays for the Carrollton Longhorns got crushed by a player of the Farmers Branch Tigers. THAT’S FOOTBALL!! THAT’S WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO!!! So, then the man rushed on to the field towards the Tigers sideline trying to find the parent of that player who hit his son.

The man with his shirt off started pushing and hitting young kids, spitting out profanity in front of everybody. Parents came to the rescue and although the police were called, it was too late. The brawl had already begun. To make matters worse, the referees did not step in to calm down the man let alone protect the children on the field. Now the two teams from Carrollton’s football league are done for the season. Parents of both teams were outraged. This angry man didn’t appreciate what the young man did on the field. Well, the parents didn’t appreciate what the angry man did on the sidelines. Because of him, these teams won’t get a chance at the playoffs. I’m sure the young man didn’t mean any harm. He was just doing his job. How would he feel if his son smashed one of the Tiger players? That parent would have been livid too but would have the common sense to not jump on the field like an idiot. The angry man obviously didn’t show any remorse and now he has become the enemy on the gridiron. If he didn’t want his child to deal with the fast, aggressive style of football then try the easy way out … flag football. Sportsmanship has sunk to a new low. NFL players can’t get justice. Pee wee football players can’t get justice either. The question now is, “Who’s really above the law?” -Tru Armstrong

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The Richland’s mens soccer team is en route for back-to-back championships by advancing to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) finals at press time. The Thunderducks beat Herkimer College on Nov. 10 in Herkimer, N.Y in the semifinal game. The Herkimer Generals had the home field advantage, but the Thunderducks were unfazed. They came out guns-a-blazing from the start with early pressure resulting in a goal after just 44 seconds. James Sasay, in hot form, scored from Barrafranca’s cut back. Twenty minutes later, Sasay with some nimble footwork and ingenuity ran through the Herkimer defense and slotted the ball past their goalkeeper to double the lead for the Thunderducks. The Generals reduced the deficit in the 76th minute, but it was a little too late for a comeback. Three minutes later, Irvin Dominguez was fouled inside the penalty area. Mateo Gutierrez stepped up for Richland and calmly slotted it past Herkimer’s goalkeeper to seal a 3-1 victory and send the Thunderducks to their second national championship game in a row. Previously, Thunderducks overcame the Ocean County Vikings 2-1 on Nov. 9 in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) quarterfinal match in Herkimer, N.Y.

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