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Vol. XLIV Issue 14 December 5, 2017

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BINGE WATCHING

DUCK POND

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FOOD TRUCK

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WRESTLING TEAM

Lady T-ducks tackle their opponents; win top prize PAGE 7 Richland Student Media


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December 5, 2017

Students pitch startups at ‘Duck Pond Challenge’ HARRIS SADIQ ManagingEditor

Teams of Richland students got their shot at a campus version of ABC’s “Shark Tank” Nov. 30 in the Chronicle TV Studio. Like the reality TV show, students presented business plans for new products or ideas in front of a panel of judges. Richland Entrepreneurship Club participants were divided into four teams. The panel consisted of five judges who questioned and critiqued each team after their presentation. The judges included Maggie Barton and Jon Schick, co-founders from Spur Startup, a local software company. Richland professors Gil Castillo and Randy Waterman were also judges as well as Richland advisory board member Gary Klembara. Top-prize winners with the best idea were given an all-expense-paid trip to the “Alley Scholar’s Shark Tank” competition at the University of Arkansas to grow their business model and earn a grand prize of up to $25,000. First up were Alexander Myers- Huston and DeeDee Herrerra with their concept of an app called Busy Bee. “We can provide social and networking events for the busy professional” said Herrerra. The Busy Bee app would help professionals

in new cities network and make friends with people in similar careers. They also argued competitive advantage for their service including a selection of membership options. The next presentation was from Gregg Soloman with Phoebe Mobility, L.L.C. Named after his grandmother, Phoebe, who passed away due to a faulty walker, Soloman’s company would improve the safety of mobility aids.

“We don’t just want our students to be college ready. We also want to enrich the lives of our students and put them on the path to a better future.”

– Brianna Brody “I never want poorly designed products to injure anyone else,” he said. Soloman presented the patented medical devices and explained how they would improve current products on the market. The third presenter was Tsion Zenabu from Utopia, a social networking site to connect

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(Left to right) Alexander Myers - Huston, Dee Dee Herrerra, Gregg Soloman, Tsion Zenabu, Brianna Brody, Shanthi Shyamsunder and professor Kevin Wortley at Duck Pond challenge.

people with possible team members interested in launching products. “As a young person, there are a lot of obstacles you can have on a worldwide scale,” Zenabu argued. It is difficult for entrepreneurs to draw talent from the marketplace for their businesses. Her product would solve that problem. Zenabu’s company would also provide economic data depending on the customer’s location. The final presenter was Brianna Brody with Academic Intellectual Minds (AIM) who presented an idea for an educational program to help foster and low-income kids become college ready. “We don’t just want our students to be college ready. We also want to enrich the lives of our students and put them on the path

to a better future,” Brody said. Her market summary research revealed that youth in low income and foster care situations drop out of high school at higher rates. She hoped to end that problem by focusing specifically on underprivileged students. At the end of the program, Greg Soloman with Phoebe Mobility L.L.C. was the firstplace winner. Alexander Myers and DeeDee Herrerra with Busy Bee were runners-up. Brianna Brody with Academic Intellectual Minds took third and Tsion Zenabu from Utopia received an honorable mention. The Entrepreneurship Club, Richland’s School of Business and Richland Student Media plan to produce another the “Duck Pond Challenge” for TV next year.

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“What are your thoughts about sexual harrassment?”

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“I think that the women that are coming forward and the men who are coming forward are really strong for what they are doing and that people who are harassing them need to be punished for what they have done.” – Rawan Dweik, psychology major

– Aly Rodrigues

“I hear it in the news every day, everywhere, from happening at home, to happening at work. It’s just everywhere nowadays. It’s sad, very sad.” – Elizabeth Hernandez, new student

“I wonder why this was hidden for so long and why people see that now is a good time to bring out all of this instead of earlier when it happened.” – Josiah Long, undecided major

“ I completely disagree [with] that [sexual harassment]. That is not right. We are meant to be equal and honestly it’s just upsetting.” –Sara Emahazien, biology major


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OPINION 3

One year later – Stop trashing Trump The voice from Joyce

“Trump supporters like myself see these attacks as detrimental to our country. This losing attitude has spread like cancer throughout the country. No other president has been “attacked” for winning the presidency. ” The Dallas Morning News (DMN) is just one paper out of many that frequently distorts Trump’s words. Here’s just one example: in the Nov. 14 paper. Its front-page headline reads, “Trump filling seats with white men.” Now, what does that imply? I think it’s meant to make Trump look like a racist. The word “racist” is being dished out like candy these days by the left – in its desperate attempt to bring Trump down. If the DMN had printed, “Trump filling seats with black men,” I feel that would have caused thousands of protesters to march in Dallas. The truth is that presidents throughout our history choose the most qualified applicants to fill their Cabinets. Race has nothing to do with it. Trump has dealt with perhaps thousands of people of different races over his long career as a real estate tycoon. He’s perfectly qualified to pick the people he thinks are best for the job. One of my favorite political TV personalities, Judge Jeanine Pirro, isn’t afraid to speak

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President Donald Trump speaks about tax reform Wednesday, Nov. 29 in St. Charles, Mo.

out against this hatred that’s working against our president. Pirro is what I call “a spitfire,” and that’s what I like about her – she’s tough! She’s a former judge and district attorney from New York state and, as such, she’s seen it all. On her Nov. 11 program, she shocked her viewers with this bold statement: “Is it dangerous to be a Trump supporter?” Pirro said, “Well, it’s unlike anything I’ve seen in my lifetime. With conviction and an air of condescension, the left so hates Donald Trump and those who support him that they sanction the use of violence against them. They are attempting to recast our legal system without authority to do so, without legislative sanction and without judicial imprimatur.” Pirro described how these progressives think: “The use of physical violence is legal, proper and justified if they disagree with your politics – the very ones who call you ‘fascists’ and label themselves anti-fascists (or Antifa) are changing the rules, propagating a legal theory that is not only outrageously incorrect and an affront to democracy, an outright attempt at anarchy.” Pirro gives viewers a dose of reality on every show. Trump should be respected as our president, just as the previous 44 others before him. I believe most Americans think this way. In spite of the negative coverage over the last year, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Oct. 25 noted a few of Trump’s accomplishments. “I certainly think history is going to look at this president as somebody who helped defeat ISIS, who built an economy that is stronger than it’s been in several decades, who brought unemployment to a 16-year low, created over 1.7 million jobs since being elected,” Sanders said. “I think those are the things that people actually care about.” Time will tell how successful Trump will be. Just like every other president, he deserves the chance make America great – and do it his way!

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Since Donald Trump was elected president on Nov. 8, 2016, he has been under attack nearly every day by the left-wing news media, including CNN, MSNBC and others. House Miniority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Shumer, as well as other left wingers, distort his words, no matter what he says. These attacks are meant to obstruct and destroy Trump’s presidency. However, Trump supporters like myself see these attacks as detrimental to our country. This losing attitude has spread like cancer throughout the country. No other president has been “attacked” for winning the presidency. Trump is a strong leader and will fight back, no matter how he’s attacked. I don’t mind his tweeting; it’s just his way of getting his message directly to the people. It’s evident from the presidential election that the American people don’t want socialism, communism or any other anti-American -ism ruling our country. We want our president to stand up for America, our Constitution and enforce its laws, and so far, Trump is doing a great job of that.


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Coming soon to the big screen RICKY MILLER Entertainment Editor

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The holiday movie season for 2017 has some big possibilities. On one end of the spectrum, you have the hard-hitting Steven Spielberg-directed film, “The Post,” starring the team of two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks and perennial Oscar nominee Meryl Streep, who won statues for “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “Sophie’s Choice” and “The Iron Lady.” The other end of the spectrum features the second part of the final trilogy with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which hits screens Dec. 15. Also high on my list is “Molly’s Game,” the true life story of Molly Brown (Jessica Chastain), an Olympic-class skier who ran an exclusive high-stakes gambling den. The film is directed by Aaron Sorkin who usually sits in the producing chair. Another big deal this holiday season is director David Ayers’ “Bright,” a tale set in Los Angeles about a team of cops featuring Will Smith and Oscar nominee Joel Edgerton. This one will go straight to the home viewing service Netflix. Director Ron Shelton has helmed baseball (“Bull Durham”), basketball (“White Men Can’t Jump”) and golf (“Tin Cup”) films. With his new flick, “Just Getting Started,” he ventures into the buddy genre with the pairing of Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones (“The Fugitive”) and Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”). The film also features Rene

Gabriel Iglesias, Kate McKinnon, John Cena and Gina Rodriguez lend voices to Ferdinan.

Chronicle staff binge picks We all have those days where we want to watch our favorite binge-worthy shows. Below are some of the Chronicle staff favorites:

Russo and the late Glenne Headly (“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Dick Tracy”). A couple of curiosity flicks also arrive over the holidays, including the animated bull movie, “Ferdinand,” and the release of what is considered the worst movie in cinema history, “The Room.” “The Disaster Artist” is also new this season. It was written and directed by Tommy Wiseau and features James Franco, Jason Segel, Seth Rogen and Dave Franco. The Jon Hamm (Don Draper). Robin Williams-led film “Jumanji” has been “Gypsy” - is a wonderful show to binge updated with Dwayne Johnson in the lead watch over the holidays. It’s an original series role. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” also stars Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan on Netflix about a psychologist who is trying (“Guardians of the Galaxy”). It was directed to save her clients from a lifestyle of disaster. She begins to get deeply involved with them by Jake Kasdan. More films debuting during the holidays outside work, which puts her in a dangerous include the third entry of the singing a capellas, situation. This show is a depiction of lies, “Pitch Perfect 3” as well as the true-life tale of deceit, double lives, mind games and sexual disgraced Olympian figure skater Tonya Hard- confusion. It’s all fun and games until some- LaShanda McCuin ing in “I, Tonya” featuring Margot Robbie, one gets hurt. Alison Janney and Bobby Carnivale. Also in the holiday lineup is Hugh Jackman in “The Greatest Showman,” which looks at the life of P.T. Barnum who created and marketed the first circus to the public. Also worthy of mention is Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” with Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig. Movies currently in theaters include “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Justice League,”: “Coco,” “Wonder,” the Denzel Washington-led “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” and Martin McDonaugh’s “Three Billboards Outside Adriana Ugarte, left, Hannah New. Ebbing, Missouri” with Frances McDormand. “Veronica Mars” – The series released in 2004 star Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantino and Jason Dohring. Veronica is not an ordinary teen, she dedicates her life to solving mysteries after her best friend was murdered and her father was removed as county sheriff of the fictional town of Neptune. Three seasons were not enough for the fans, so seven years after the last season (2007) a movie named “Veronica Mars” brings Veronica back to solve one more mystery, this time, her former Photos courtesy IMDB.com boyfriend is being accused of murder Kevin Hart (left), Karen Gillan, Jack Black and Dwayne Johnson in "Jumanji" remake. - Aly Rodrigues

“Mad Men” - This period drama by Matthew Weiner captures America in the 1960s in all its political and social change. This show stars Jon Hamm as Don Draper, creative director and founding partner of a competitive advertising agency in midtown Manhattan. Draper has friends and plenty of enemies. Themes of consumerism, race, sexuality and misogyny are common throughout the show. “Mad Men” is without a doubt the best series I have seen. It kept me eager to go back for more - Harris Sadiq

Naomi Watts (Jean Holloway).

“The Time In Between” - This Spanish show with English subtitles is available on Netflix. It starts with a young seamstress, named Sira, in the 1930s who gets engaged to a nice young man and is set to live a typical life in the suburbs of Madrid, until she runs away with an even more attractive man, who lights a fire within her to go to Morocco. Then he leaves her and lets her deal with the debts. Sira uses her sewing skills to pay off the debts as well as catch the eye of the British man who uses her to spy on the Germans during WWII. - Emily Escamilla

Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars).

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Hot TV shows to binge watch over the holiday break “The Punisher” – No Dolph Lundgren or Thomas Jane since Jon Bernthal has taken the reins of this vigilante anti-hero and made him human. This one is a full-on origin story interwoven with all of the family dynamics. Deborah Ann Woll makes an appearance as Karen Page, an extension of the Daredevil Universe.

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“Stranger Things 2” – This follow-up keeps some of the momentum of the previous season. Will (Noah Schnapp) deals with the Shadow Monster, an evil entity that attempts to invade Will’s hometown of Hawkins, Ind. Sadie Sink’s character, Max Mayfield, shows what standing up to a bully can do for one’s own Aself-worth.

“Stan Against Evil” – Former star of TV’s “Scrubs” John C. McGinley is the former sheriff of Williard’s Mill, a fictional town in the New England. His wife was protecting him from the so-called curse on the fictional New Hampshire town, wherein many years ago, more than 160 witches were burned at the stake.

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“The Defenders” – This is another in the long line of Marvel-based productions that work because the money is on the screen. The fight sequences amaze because they are done in an open corridor, as well as some nifty sequences involving the basement and elsewhere.

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“Scorpion” – This show started with the appearance of Katharine McPhee, a runner-up on the TV singing competition “American Idol.” This show has predicaments aplenty that are usually solved within the hour. Watch this show once, and you will be hooked.

–Ricky Miller

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December 5, 2017 CAMPUS 5

Dancers jam at festival

EMILY ESCAMILLA Staff Writer

Dance was celebrated in a big way at the ninth annual Dance Jam Festival at Richland on Nov. 17. More than 250 dancers in 17 groups participated by performing in styles ranging from jazz, tap and hip-hop to modern, ballet and western swing. Groups ranged from high school level to independent companies and dance groups from the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas (UNT). Students gathered in the breezeway to watch the event and support the dancers. The festival was free and open to the public. Lydia Corwin, the ballet folklorico instructor at Lake Highlands High School, said the

A dancer from the Terrance M. Johnson Dance Project performs.

event “allows a vast majority of schools to get exposure to what other schools work on, to see other dances, to see other dance styles so people who really focus on hip-hop can see more ballet and then they can get to work with other teachers.” Corwin said this event benefited her girls because “they [had] the opportunity to perform for people their age to be more known in the community.” Her group is the only ballet folklorico company in the Richland Independent School District and she said they are “very proud” to represent their heritage and to have demonstrated their dance at the event. Spectators were entertained as each dance was more distinct than the last. A dance routine for a hip-hop group had a loud, fast beat followed by a passionate solo to instrumental music. Regardless of where the dancers or dance group were placed on the program, each performed spectacularly. One audience favorite was a very young girl named Riley Casimir who performed a jazz dance solo to “Life of The Party.” Casimir’s energy could barely be contained on the dance floor. Her movements were fierce and spunky. She charmed the audience with her smile, twirls and outfit the minute she stepped onto the dance floor. The UNT dancers performed to the civil rights anthem, “We Shall Overcome.” The contemporary dance was controversial from the start as it quickly called out police brutality. Instead of music, the first thing the audience heard was police sirens. That was followed by dancers dressed in “rags” mimicking an arrest based on racial profiling. They captured the audience’s attention and proceeded with their soulful dance.

J.J. Pearce High School dancers perform western swing style moves.

Staff photos Emily Escamilla

‘Ride’ takes audience from New Jersey to chaos

Copy Editor

Three young women try to make sense of their complicated lives in the play, “Ride,” that was presented Nov. 15-18 in the Arena Theater. Their intense family problems kept audiences on the edge of their seats for an hour and a half. The play by Eric Lane was the drama department’s final production of the semester. Catherine Christenson, Alan Self and Cori Clark were ideal for the challenging teenage roles in this contemporary drama. The three drama students previously acted in other Richland productions. Director and drama professor Gregory Lush said one reason he chose this play was that it’s relevant in today’s society. “It’s about three young women who are going through transitions in their lives,” Lush said. He describes it as a “coming-of-age” drama. Christenson played Molly, 17, a high school senior from a well-off family. She works because her parents expect her to work for spending money.

Self played Carrie, 18, who is trying to raise her little sister, Samantha (Sam). Carrie works full time to save money for college. Clark plays the inquisitive, but obnoxious, 11-yearold Sam. The action begins in New Jersey and ends up in Miami, but first, Lane gave the audience a glimpse of the turmoil going on in the girls’ family lives. Molly and Carrie work at Big Bob’s fruit and vegetable stand until Molly drives up in a new car one day. It’s a gift from her father, who’s having an affair with Katie, or “Miss Smiley Face,” Molly’s pet name for her. The affair is breaking up the family. The car is her father’s way of bribing her to keep her mouth shut. He’s abusive and she has the bruises on her neck to show for it. Carrie’s father died young. Her mother has transferred the responsibility of raising Sam to her older daughter. To complicate matters, her mother is bisexual. As the play progresses, the threesome take off for Florida in Molly’s new car. Her devious plan? To confront “Miss Smiley Face.” Carrie steals some money from the cash box at

Big Bob’s before they leave, so the girls are running from the law as the tension builds in Act 1. The sparse set, consisting of only two movable benches (on wheels), double yellow lines on the floor for a road and some road signs, allowed the actors to move around freely on stage. The audience was seated on three sides of the action. What captivated the audience was the dysfunction in both families and how Molly and Carrie planned to resolve it. There was good rapport between Christenson and Self as they bickered about their faulty parents. Clark, who had the more difficult role as 11-year-old Sam, was a delight to watch in her attempts to add some comic relief. She kept the audience spellbound in every scene with her silly antics and gushing enthusiasm. The girls stop at several locations on their way to Florida. When Molly finally comes face to face with “Miss Smiley Face,” Sam blurts out later, “Did you kill her?” The play has an unexpected ending when Molly explains she did not kill Katie. Instead, she sold her car and bought plane tickets for Carrie and Sam to return home. Molly decides

to stay in Florida. It’s understood that Carrie can return to Big Bob’s and get her job back. Lush said he hoped this play would be “thought-provoking.” “Ride” surely gave people something to talk about on the way home.

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Catherine Christenson (Molly), left, Alan Self (Carrie), Cori Clark (Sam) in rehearsal.

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The holidays-better to give than receive LASHANDA MCCUIN

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The Salvation Army is well known for its Christmas efforts with the Angel Tree program. It was created in 1979 by Majors Charles and Shirley White while they worked in a shopping mall. They thought it would be an effective way to give back to society by providing clothes, toys and donations to children at Christmas. “Richland College has participated in this event for over 18 years. We go to The Salvation Army and get 100 tags because that’s about as much as this campus can handle. Everyone is welcome to come pick up a tag and the person on the tag will range from infant to a teenager then directed to an elderly person,” said Louise Rodgers-Keim, administrative assistant in the Office of Student life. The first year The Salvation Army hosted the Angel Tree more than 700 children were

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assisted. This year it will help more than 45,000 people in the DFW Metroplex. Throughout the years, the greatest need has been gifts for teenagers. “For years, I didn’t take an angel because I thought you were expected to buy everything on the tag and I was thinking, like man I just don’t have enough money, but you don’t have to buy everything on the list. The Angel list will have a need, a want and various sizes written on it. The most important thing to do is meet the need. If you want to get them additional items that’s fine and the sizes are provided for you,” said Rodgers-Keim. As a college student it’s hard to afford gifts for family members and the thought of buying for an angel seems to be impossible but if you’re in a group or organization on campus you can raise money to meet the needs of a child for Christmas. “I think we set a record this year. There was a teacher that came in and took 17 angels off

the tree and returned all 17 angels with several gifts, but we don’t expect you to do that,” said Rodgers-Keim. The social service agencies and schools refer families to The Salvation Army for help. A verification screening is performed to make sure the families are not receiving duplicate gifts. “I have a son that I lost. I do this in memory of him when I pick a young child from the tree. I also lost my mother and last year I took an elderly female and I was like, I’m not buying for my mother but I’m taking care of an elderly female. It helps me so much to deal with things like this especially when I’m giving and you’re happy to buy for someone instead of thinking, ‘I don’t have that person here to buy for.’ So buy in their honor. I find it very therapeutic for myself,” said Rodgers-Keim. Although the deadline has passed to drop off gifts, you can still go online to donate to The Salvation Army at www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Fresh food for free Like a market on wheels, the North Texas Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry program is a traveling pantry that delivers nutritious food, fresh produce and refrigerated items directly to communities with urgent needs. The food truck will be back on campus on Dec. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at parking lot Z (located in the circle by the gym). For more information call 972-238-6160.

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Students pick up free food from North Texas Food Bank’s truck in parking lot Z.

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Thunderducks host charity basketball game

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All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

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Jovita Cortez shoots a three pointer against the Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf.

often sharp on defense. The T-Ducks seemed in sync as a squad, passing the ball between the paint and three-point line frequently. The Richland men’s team also beat SWCID. The T-Ducks will play their next game against

district rival Collin College on Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. The season continue next semester until midFebruary. Their season record now stands tall at 10-1. They will host Concordia University (JV) at 7 p.m.

Thunderducks scuffle brings success Tru Grit

Wrestling fans were in for a treat in North Dallas. The National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) hosted the Richland Scuffle Tournament on campus, Nov. 18. “This was a great opportunity for parents to watch their kids in action,” said Richland wrestling coach Bill Neal. Indeed it was great to see fine wrestling action on campus. Teams from 18 colleges and universities from five states, including Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas, particiNoel Preciado pated. A total of eight Richland wrestlers received medals, including six women who are undefeated and won the women’s title. They included Noel Preciado who won a first-place medal in her match and received the women’s Outstanding Wrestler Award. Neal said, “It was a good experience for everybody that entered the tournament.” Now that Richland wrestlers are pumped up after hosting a wonderful event, it’s time to continue on the road to the finals this spring in Allen. But first they’ll head to Plainview in the Texas Panhandle for the Wayland Invitational at Wayland Baptist University.

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Richland hosted the Scuffle Tournament on Nov. 18.

If you have yet to see the Richland men’s basketball team in action, now’s the time. The Thunderducks are shooting the lights out and playing good defense. One example of good defense is the game against Division I Collin County. Normally, the Cougars score more than 90 points a game but they came to Richland and were held to less than 70 points as the Thuderducks beat the Cougars, 69-63. The Cougars are currently ranked in the NJCAA Region 5’s top 20 in field goals, three-pointers, rebounds, assists, steals, blocked shots and points allowed per game. The Thunderducks will play a few more games before wrapping up the first half for the winter break. January will be a big month as the Thunderducks will

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begin conference playoffs, facing Eastfield, Brookhaven and defending national champion North Lake. The basketball and wrestling programs will continue their journey toward another winning season. And while the Cowboys and Mavericks are well on their way to losing seasons, the Stars are playing well and is really the Metroplex’s only hope for the playoffs in spring 2018. The 2017 season was full of surprises. Some teams had great seasons gone bad and others had tragic moments that turned great. New champions, new stars, new problems and new venues. Still the same ole game. Happy holidays!! –Tru Armstrong

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The Richland men’s and women’s basketball teams hosted teams from the Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID) on Nov 30. Richland mathematics professor Raj P. Seekri and his wife, Raj K. Seekri, were honored for their $30,000 donation to the institution to improve campus life for deaf students. During the games, the couple was presented with awards from Richland President, Kay Eggleston and SWCID President, Cheryl Sparks. Sparks expressed fondness for the couple. “I call them angels,” she said at the ceremony. When Seekri accepted the award, he praised his wife, father and Richland College Physical Education faculty for motivating him to make a charitable difference. “I am so blessed. So many kind words but I think we have a common goal and that is to promote education,” Seekri told the faculty after accepting plaques of recognition from SWCID. The Richland women’s team played the SWCID team first and won 86-54. SWCIDs team played vigorously. Communicating through sign language on the court, they were

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Richland library will close at 9 p.m. Dec. 7 and re-open Dec. 11 at 9 a.m. for Winter Term.

Dec. 22 College buildings and offices will close at the end of the workday for the holidays and will re-open Jan. 2, 2018.


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