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Vol. XLIV Issue 29 May 8, 2018

Celebrate good times on campus Pg. 6-7

NEW DIRECTIONS DART offers new bus routes to Richland




Staff picks for streaming your staycation

Cheap and free things to see and do this summer



Richland Student Media



‘Tru Grit’ advances to next level PAGE 10 Richland Student Media


May 8, 2018

Letter from the Editor-in-Chief ALY RODRIGUES Editor-in-chief

The hardest part of every semester is saying goodbye to those who graduate and move on. This semester has been incredible and I am sad to think that next semester I won’t see some familiar faces working at the newspaper. The Richland Chronicle staff was great. We worked really hard every week to bring interesting, relevant and important stories to our students and the Richland community. I hope everyone enjoyed the newspaper. As with any student-run newspaper, we’ve had excellent issues, average issues and we made a few mistakes. Some mistakes we should have caught, yet no one is at fault. We are a team. We are students. We are going to continue to make occasional mistakes as we learn to practice journalism. After all, this is a teaching publication. I am really proud of the material we brought to Richland students, faculty and staff this semester. I believe that with every semester we continue to grow and meet new challenges. Richland wouldn’t have a student newspaper without the dedication of our student reporters and their talents. We try to offer every student who demonstrates an interest in learning about journalism a real-life experience they may otherwise never have. The Chronicle offers personal feedback, assistance, support and encouragement to every student as they meet new challenges, learn new skills and move beyond their comfort levels.

As a result, we offer new issues almost every Tuesday on campus newsstands, with new and original content. Our goal is not only to make sure the Richland community learns about events on campus but also the opportunities, classes and learning tools the college offers students all year long. The awards we win at statewide and national contests wouldn’t be possible without our students, faculty, staff and advisers. Our stories wouldn’t be complete without the support of the department heads and professors who dedicate time in their day to meet with student reporters for interviews. So too, I thank our students, staff, advisers and our readers. The Chronicle staff will miss everyone who has contributed to our paper and we wish success to those who are graduating, closing one chapter in their lives and opening another. If you are returning to campus next semester, I invite you to come visit our newsroom. We would love to introduce you to journalism and our process of producing a weekly newspaper. If you are interested in being a contributor to the Chronicle, stop by. We are always looking for writers, photographers, designers, illustrators and copy editors. Have an idea for a story? Send it to us! We won’t be publishing this summer but will return for journalism “boot camp” Aug. 7-9. Our first issue hits the newsstands Tuesday, Aug. 21. Until then, I hope everyone has a great summer! Check our website at and social media pages @richlandstudentmedia for news all summer. See you next semester!

New bus routes for Richland JORGE PEREZ

Staff Writer

More DART buses have been stopping around Richland College over the past few weeks. This is all part of a major series of changes implemented by DART that took effect on March 26 and are largely due to the growing demands of ridership. Approximately 20,000 students attend Richland and many of them rely on public transportation. “There have been complaints about not enough bus service at Richland College,” said Tony Craig, a DART customer service representative. Improved bus service and less waiting at bus stops are the result of these complaints. These changes, along with the addition of two new bus routes, have had a significant impact around campus. Route 84 is one of the new routes that offers service in parking lot A from Richland to Mockingbird Station ending at the East Transit Center in downtown Dallas. Route 585 is the other new bus

route that provides service from the Forest Lane Station to the LBJ Central Station and ends at the Arapaho Center Station. This route stops along the college’s northwest entrance on Walnut Street. “Negative and positive data is gathered in order to make the service better,” Craig added. He said the board gets together at least twice a year to discuss the accumulated feedback so they can find ways to improve its service, resulting in the creation of new or improved bus routes and ultimately satisfying its riders. DART selects feedback from riders about the changes and the impact on their trips. “It [the bus] arrives early around 6 a.m. at LBJ Central Station,” said Judith Ilukwa, an early childhood education major and a frequent bus rider using Route 585. “We hope more students will ride,” Craig said. Students with at least six credit hours during fall or spring semesters and students with at least three credit hours during the summer semester are eligible for Go Pass the free local DART transit pass. For more information on Go Pass, visit


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Wellwishers hold a blue banner as they stand on the roadside to honor fallen police officer Rogelio Santander Jr. during his funeral procession on May 1.

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Dallas community bids farewell to fallen police officer


Family, friends and the members of the community gathered May 1 for support and to say farewell to fallen Dallas police officer Rogelio Santander Jr. who was killed in the line of duty April 25 at the Home Depot in Northeast Dallas. A funeral service was held at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall followed by burial at Restland Memorial Park. Law enforcement representatives from across the country, New Hope, Texas to New York City, attended the service and joined the funeral procession to show support for fellow officers in blue. Police officers came from as far away as Detroit, Boston and Mississippi to pay their

respects to someone they never met but As Santander’s funeral ended and the considered a brother. Departments within procession moved to the cemetery, police Texas also expressed officers and firefighttheir condolences ers saluted along the with representatives in side of the road and attendance from Fort on overpasses as a Worth, Richardson show of respect to the and the Texas A&Mfallen officer and his Commerce, where family. People young Santander graduated. and old and from many Months earlier, in different backgrounds Feb. 2018, Richardson stood watching on police mourned the busy service roads as loss of one of its own the funeral procession when officer David went by. Sherrard was killed in Police officers salute at Santander’s funeral. Employees of a the line of duty while local Rockwall Home Depot near the church responding to a domestic disturbance at the watched the procession and displayed a banner Breckinridge Pointe Apartments. they created that read “Back the Blue.” As the

motorcycle-escorted process began, drivers on the highway pulled over to the side of the freeway. The police escort and the hearse arrived at Restland around 3 p.m. followed by many police officers. Employees of the Richardson ISD headquarters, across from Restland, stood along the street holding a long blue banner showing support for the men in blue. Officers greeted them as they moved into the cemetery. Santander, Dallas Police officer Crystal Almeida and Home Depot employee Scott Painter were shot while trying to arrest 29-year-old Armando Juarez on an outstanding warrant. Santander died at the hospital. Almeida and Painter remain hospitalized. Juarez faces a charge of capital murder and is being held on a $4 million bond.

NRA Convention brings politicians and celebrities to Dallas Staff Writer

Thousands flocked to the Lone Star State May 3 to 6 for the annual National Rifle Association (NRA) Convention as Dallas became the center of the political world. The NRA Convention took place at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in the heart of downtown. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence spoke May 4 at the Leadership Forum and reassured the pro-gun crowd of their support for the NRA. “We will never give up our freedom. We will live free and we will die free,” said Trump according to The Associated Press. Hundreds of exhibitors packed the exhibit hall inside the convention center promoting law enforcement agencies, gun material and other gun-related exhibitions. The NRA Convention not only brought pro-Second Amendment activists and supporters, but invited protestors who pushed for common sense gun control. In March, Dallas City Council Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway publicly urged the National Rifle Association to find another location for their convention instead of Dallas.

here. It seems like a good time,” says Murgai. “I’ve always had for a love of guns, shooting, a lot of hunting all of that, and I know that the NRA supports the safe use of guns and so that does attract me knowing that there’s people out there that do support the use of guns, and to use it safely. So I do appreciate that and that’s why I want to come here to see that there are people that want to see our Second Amendment thrive.”

The crowd was predominantly an oldergeneration group, although millennials are becoming more active in preserving the NRA’s mission of Second Amendment liberties since the recent Parkland High School shooting. The National Rifle Association does more than just hold an annual conference. They use their influence on college campuses with “NRA-U” events to promote the organization and ways students can learn about gun safety.


The NRA responded by saying “no politician anywhere can tell the NRA not to come in [to] their city.” “We are already there. Dallas, like every American city and community, is populated by NRA members,” Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association said Friday to the audience. “Media and political elites will not shut us up.” The audience proceeded to chant “NRA, NRA, NRA!” as LaPierre asked, “How do you feel about the NRA?” Plenty of “political elites” were in fact in attendance at the convention, including the governor of Texas Greg Abbott, U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, and Rep. Pete Sessions. “Media elites” included conservative commentators Dana Loesch, Dan Bongino and Fox News host Tucker Carlson. “Another attack we are facing is the attack on our Second Amendment rights,” said Abbott. Others who attended the convention included Braison Murgai, a high school junior from Houston with his mother who wanted to show their support for the NRA. “I mean it’s always great here, bunch of people that are very friendly. I see service dogs a bunch of military members that are

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Attendees register for the National Rifle Association conference at Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center.


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Top 10 movies for the summer RICKY MILLER Entertainment Editor

With the “Avengers: Infinity War” reigning at the box office, here are some additional titles to enjoy for the 2018 summer season. All dates are tentative, subject to the studios scrambling to preserve the date and exact moment for their release. Here are my top 10 predictions for the summer season moneymakers. 1. “Avengers: Infinity War” (now playing) -- The earth’s mightiest heroes face off against the evil Thanos (Josh Brolin) who wants to take over Planet Earth and the entire universe. 2. “Incredibles 2” (June 15) -- Save for the phenomenon that is “Avengers: Infinity War,” this is my No. 1 pick for the summer viewing season. 3. “Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom” (June 22) -- This one picks up four years after “Jurassic World” and deals with the dinosaurs and their inevitable conclusion. Besides Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum also makes an appearance. 4. “Deadpool 2” (May 18) -- The first entry was a lot of fun so I expect to experience more laughs in this tale that should deliver. With Josh Brolin, T.J. Miller and Morena

Ackerman. 5. “Ant-Man and the Wasp” (July 6) – This film features two mismatched good guys (Ant-Man, Paul Rudd and The Wasp, Evangeline Lilly) who team up to fight bad guys and uncover secrets from the past. 6. “Mission: Impossible - Fallout” (July 27) -- This one finds Cruise returning to the screen as Ethan Hunt, who has been shunned and disavowed more times than all the marshmallows in a box of Lucky Charms. 7. “The Meg” (Aug. 10) – Director Jon Turteltaub finds Jason Statham fighting a giant shark known as a megaladon on the ocean blue. With Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis and Ruby Rose (“John Wick: Chapter Two”). 8. “Ocean’s 8” (June 8) -- Sandra Bullock is Debbie, George Clooney’s sister in this tale about a robbery at the Met gala in the Big Apple. The all-star cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling and Rihanna. 9. “Life of the Party” (May 11) -- Melissa McCarthy has always attracted an audience, so I expect this one to bring in the masses. She plays a mom returning to college after a long absence. 10. “Skyscraper” (July 13) -- Dwayne Johnson is a U.S. war veteran assigned to guard a mammoth tower in the city.

“Blockers” — In this tale, family and friends find their children engaging in shenanigans during prom night. The parents devise a plan to stop their children from going through with their plan. With John Cena, Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz.


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Hayden Szeto, left, Violett Beane, Lucy Hale, Sophia Ali and Tyler Posey in “Truth or Dare.”

‘Truth or Dare:’ A scary flick with unintentional laughs JEREMY GAYDOSH Staff Writer

Blumhouse Productions has seemed to hit a lull by churning out unimpressive movies such as “Insidious: The Last Key,” “Happy Death Day” and now “Truth or Dare.” We follow sweet Olivia (Lucy Hale of “Pretty Little Liars” on TV) who wanted nothing more than to spend her last spring break heading a team for Habitat for Humanity, but her ever-drinking friends saw otherwise and pleaded with her to spend her last spring break with them for one last time of fun and being together. Plus, they took the liberty of informing Habitat that she has shingles. So right off the bat, we know where their morals lie. Off to Mexico, where there was more drinking and much suggestive language, from which Olivia refrained, until she met Carter (Landon Liboiron), a nice guy in a bar. Hold up: a nice guy in a bar? Something wasn’t right. So Carter suggested Olivia and her friends follow him to a deserted church where the fun could continue because following someone they just met to the outskirts of town to a creepy, abandoned place that he happens to know about makes perfect sense. Carter initiated a game of “Truth or Dare” that kept them in fun spirits until he admited that he was to bring a group of unsuspecting people there so he wouldn’t get hurt. Before he bailed, he warns Olivia that “the game is

“Avengers: Infinity War” — After years of anticipation, Thanos (Josh Brolin) comes to take on Earth’s mightiest heroes with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and other Marvel superheroes. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. A

“Ready Player One” — Steven Spielberg directs this enjoyable adaptation of the Ernest Cline novel. Tye Sheridan stars with Oscar winner Mark Rylance and Olivia Cooke in this engaging tale that is just plain fun from beginning to end.


real” and that they have to pick either truth or dare or they die. After going back to campus they were soon asked by the people around them with demonic smiles – it’s referred to as a messed up Snapchat filter – and then asking them “Truth or Dare?” The friends found it to be a joke until they started dying from refusal to play. This laughably mediocre film is somehow produced by the company that gave us worthy social commentaries like James DeMonaco’s “The Purge” television series, which channeled the rising aggression of the current political climate, and Jordan Peele’s Academy Award-winning “Get Out” about how far interracial relationships have come today. “Truth or Dare” director Jeff Wadlow put similar teens in jeopardy in his 2005 flick “Cry Wolf,” which wasn’t very impressive. “Truth or Dare” seems to only comment on how obsessively connected with social media some teens are. It’s like every two seconds we see someone whip out a phone and surprisingly all they need is not hard to find. The line “I found her on Facebook” is literally used when they are searching for a missing past player. All that popped into this critic’s head after that were the lyrics: “My country tis of thee, sweet land of networking.” The movie proves to be largely uninspired as it seems to not offer much in the realm of horror movies. For those who are looking for a film to watch only to make fun of later, this movie is a good choice. — Grade F

“Rampage” — Based on a video game of the same title, this one was just silly. Dwayne Johnson made it a bearable video game adaptation. Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays a government higherup and man of his word who turns out to be a valuable asset in the end game of things.


“Game Night” — This amusing story finds Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams teaming up for a night involving tricks and trades in a tale filled with twists galore. Filled with cameos by Michael C. Hall (TV’s “Dexter”), Jesse Plemons (“The Master”) and supporter Kyle Chandler.

— Ricky Miller


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“Gilmore Girls” (Netflix) – This comedy will bring you a lot of joy with the iconic and ironic Lorelei and her daughter Rory. The mother-daughter life in a small town in Connecticut couldn’t be better entertainment. The Gilmore girls’ relationship is enviable and fun to watch. Grade A+

“Jane the Virgin” (Netflix/CW website) –This first American tele-novela is a crazy yet addictive show. The storyline is a typical telenovela with tons of drama and plot twists and turns that keep your attention and keep viewers anxiously awaiting the next episode. Grade A+

“This is Us” (Hulu) – This family drama tells the story of a young couple, Jack and Rebecca Pearson, and their three children, twins Kate and Kevin and their adopted son Randall. The family of five’s story is told through flashbacks of different phases of their lives. Grade A-

“Will and Grace” (Hulu) – Another classic comedy, the not-romantic couple, Will and Grace, guarantee a lot of laughs. The show would not be as fun if it wasn’t for Karen and Jack, those friendly additions to the duo’s lives, who bring more excitement to the show. Grade A — Reviews/Aly Rodrigues

“Future Man” (Hulu) – Josh Hutcherson from “The Hunger Games” is a custodian and avid video game addict who aids a scientist and brings down life as we know it. His character makes a reference to “The Last Starfighter” (1984) and states that is what his own personal life has become. Grade B-

“Jessica Jones” (Netflix) – A superhero (Krysten Ritter) shuns her own abilities while running a private investigation company to help families with kids. Her predicament involves coming face-to-face with Kilgrave (David Tennant), an adversary who thinks he is in love with her. Grade B

“Stranger Things” Season 1 (Netflix) – The tale set in the 1980s deals with a kid named Will who disappears after a bike ride home. This one features a great score, interesting characters and great performances, especially Millie Bobby Brown as a character only referred to as Eleven. Grade A

“Stranger Things” Season 2 (Netflix) – Will connects with some nefarious characters from The Upside Down, a place he thought he escaped from the first season. Some of the new characters are interesting and compelling to watch, especially Sadie Sink’s Max, who stands up to her bullying brother. Grade A — Reviews/Ricky Miller

“The Crown” (Netflix) – One of the greatest TV series on Netflix. It tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II through flashbacks. Claire Foy does an outstanding job portraying the young queen. For those who are looking for a historical drama, this is the show to Grade A+ watch.

“Jessica Jones” (Netflix) – A superhero (Krysten Ritter) shuns her own abilities while running a private investigation company to help families with kids. Her predicament involves coming face-to-face with Kilgrave (David Tennant), an adversary who thinks he Grade B+ is in love with her.

“Youth & Consequences” (YouTube Red) – “Youth & Consequences” is a good show for high school students. It shows nerds and popular kids how to get respect from other students. High school can be a painful time for those who don’t have respect from fellow students. Grade A+

“Westworld” (HBO) – This series had a great kickoff with its second season. It’s about enhanced droids with artificial intelligence that are acting like a cowboys and cowgirls in the Old West. Grade B— Reviews/Everett Newson

Drama, romance and suspense streaming for summer


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It’s a wrap; relive some of the

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Phi Theta Kappa members attend 2018 Catalyst Convention in Kansas City in April.

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Journalism lead faculty Erica Edwards, left, and Chronicle editor-in-chief Aly Rodgrigues make a presentation to the DCCCD Board of Trustees on May 1.

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Maria Toro shares her story about gun violence during the campus Student Walkout on April 3.

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Brian Miranda, center, and Drew Castillo take questions from moderator Patrick Moore during a debate on the future of DACA in The Chronicle TV studio March 7.


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best moments of Spring 2018

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“So You Think You Can Dance” contestants gather for photos after the competition.

Pianist In Seub Jung (left) joins vocal professors on stage after their performance on Feb. 6.

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Richland students Luu Nguyen and Ngoc Nguyen takes a selfie with the Hula Grace Dancers, fire showman Tay Kham and the Thunderducks mascot at the 2018 Intercultural Festival on April 11.

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Newborn Canada geese explore their new home by the lake at Richland in April.

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A hip-hop group performs during the “So You Think You Can Dance” contest on May 1.

A Mardi Gras harlequin entertains in the El Paso Student Lounge on Fat Tuesday Feb. 13.


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First-date jitters – to Google or not? JOYCE JACKSON Copy Editor

As college students may know, trying to find a date can sometimes be stressful. Everyone knows Googlemania has taken over America, but how much information does a person need to know about someone before going on a date? The Drama Department’s April 28 production of its musical “First Date” gave audiences a glimpse into one young couple’s first date experience. The 90-minute performance was a cross between a nice, quiet dinner date between two young people and disruptions by weird family members and close friends. “First Date” premiered on Broadway in August 2013 and is based on a book by Austin Winsberg, with music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. It takes place in a New York bar/restaurant. Richland drama professor and director Gregory Lush described “First Date” as a “small, Broadway musical.” He said he was trying to evoke the feel of a New York cabaret. Richland’s quaint Arena Theater was perfect for this production instead of a large theater. What made this performance such a success was Lush’s choice of the two lead actors: Ben Stegmair in the role of Aaron and Alan Self as Casey – as the young couple. Five other cast members played the patrons: Cat Christenson, Jordan Bradford, Carlos Hernandez, Nabeeha Kazmi and Will Frederick. All are Richland students.

Frederick portrayed a workaholic waiter who dazzled the audience in every scene. Stegmair, as the insecure Aaron, wore a dark jacket, white shirt, tie and beige slacks. He chatted with Frederick, who told him to get rid of the tie but keep his glasses. When Self walked in, all eyes shifted to her. She looked stunning in a beautiful red dress that fit perfectly to show off her gorgeous figure, complete with a black leather jacket and boots. Stegmair and Self took turns singing a nice rendition of “First Impressions.” But, in this and other songs, the band seemed to overwhelm the singers. Each of the uniquely different restaurant patrons served to inform the audience about Aaron and Casey. Christenson had the most serious role as Lauren, Casey’s nosy sister, who informed her that her “biological clock” was ticking. Bradford was excellent as Reggie, Casey’s eccentric gay friend, who was so worried about her safety on a blind date he lost it. In “Bailout Song 3” he screamed, “You’re not dead, are you? I hope you’re alive.” It was just hilarious. The patrons represented people and voices imagined in the minds of Aaron and Casey. None are supposed to be physically present. The actors played all the characters through song and dance, as Aaron and Casey discussed them. Aaron imagined his dead Grandma Ida (played by Christenson), who was wearing sunglasses and a scarf. She informed him that she was disappointed he wasn’t dating a nice Jewish girl. Casey is an atheist. He’s visited by his best friend Gabe, played by Hernandez,

who encourages Aaron by telling him the date is going well. Frederick also plays Casey’s Christian father who isn’t crazy about Aaron as a prospective son-in-law. There were some strange scenes in this musical. One absurd scene involved Aaron imagining the future son he could have with Casey and how they would discuss which religion the imaginary son would choose. The oddest scene, however, had to be the one where Casey told Aaron she had a 4-yearold son named Blaze. Frederick stood behind the bar holding this colorful puppet that resembled a stuffed teddy bear – representing Casey’s child and then let it snuggle up to Casey’s right breast, as if it was trying to breast feed. This rather shocked Aaron, who wondered why anyone would feed a 4-year-old this way. Then Casey admitted she had no children. The audience really cracked up laughing over this outrageous scene. The audience learned Aaron was in investment banking; Casey loved photography and worked at an art gallery. They talked about

Aaron’s past girlfriend, Allison, played by Kazmi, who left him standing at the altar. Just as Casey asked Aaron if he Googled her before their date, Kazmi, as “The Google Girl,” and the rest of the cast representing Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, surrounded Casey as they all grabbed their cells and sang, “The World Wide Web is Forever.” It was a nice ending for the musical, which is all based on social media. “First Date” had a touching ending. Aaron admitted, “I don’t want to go out with any of your friends, Casey. I want to go out with you. Maybe it’s time you tried something different.” The duo sang the final song with the company: “Something That Will Last,” and in one last scene, as one might expect, they kissed. This production of “First Date” was perfectly suited for a Richland audience. It was a nice romance with unexpected surprises from an unusual cast of characters. The versatility and energy from the cast really made it a hit.

“It was a good exposure [for students]. As you know, Richland has a lot of international students, so [the] students we bring [to the conference] were kind of [from] all over the place so that also enriched the experience,” said Dr. Jon Ewing, professor of religion and PTK adviser at Richland. Richland students who attended the conference included six PTK officers in leadership, scholarship, service and fellowship along with six other PTK members. “This year was a bit unique because we have the support from the DCCCD Chancellor [Joe] May. Typically, we take about six or eight students, so we were able to take 12 students this time. And the chapter took care of not just the conference, the hotel, the lodging but also their airlines tickets and the airport shuttles to and from the KC [airport] and the hotel. So it was a good year for us,” Ewing said. In addition to the opportunity to travel, the students got to interact with more than 5,000

PTK members from community colleges all over the world, hear guest speakers, attend workshops, learn about scholarships, internships and transferring to four-year universities. Guest speakers are frequently influential people who help inspire students. This year, the theme was about psychology. “The conference was amazing. It was definitely a life-changing experience for a lot of us. There were so many really great sessions. PTK brought the Ted Talk speaker, Amy Cuddy, the author of the book "Quiet," Susan Cain, the American actor, singer and rapper Daveed Diggs and British illustrator Chris Riddel. Each and every speaker's speech was so inspiring, promising and encouraging,” said Aysegul Ate, PTK member majoring in finance and management information systems. “My favorite speech was Amy Cuddy's. She talked about body language. My favorite quote is ‘When we are powerful, we expand. Let's make our daughters expand.’ She talked

about how men and women differ in their body language and [that] women are often seen as less powerful than men.” During the convention, Richland student Desmond Orgazi was recognized on stage as one of 50 national Gold Scholars for the AllUSA Coca-Cola Scholarship. Orgazi is the Service Officer of PTK. Kristi Nealy from the Richland Office of Student Life was also honored as a Distinguished Administrator for her support of Phi Theta Kappa’s activities. The conference included a lot of social events for students to make new friends and strengthen other relationships. Catalyst’s participants also elected a new PTK president to serve for the next year. For more information about the Richland College chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society visit https://www.richlandcollege. edu/cd/instruct-divisions/rlc/mshp/honors-program/ pages/phithetakappahonorsociety.aspx

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Left to right at the tables: Carlos Hernandes, Cat Christensen, Ben Stegmair, Alan Self, Nabeeha Kazmi, Jordan Bradford. Standing behind the bar at center, Will Frederick.

Catalyst 2018 offers PTK students numerous opportunities THU NGUYEN

Layout Editor

Once a year, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) chapters from all over the world gather at the Catalyst International Convention to learn and share their experiences. This year, 12 students had the honor of representing the Alpha Alpha Xi chapter of Richland College at the conference in Kansas City, Mo. April 19-22. Catalyst 2018 was quite special. This year marked the 100th anniversary of PTK. The honor society was born in 1918 in Missouri. Since then, the organization has grown into the largest honors society in the world with some 3 million members and more than 1,250 chapters worldwide. The purpose of Catalyst is to teach students about the organization, how it works on an international level and to energize students.

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Summer fun on a college student's budget number of underground shops and restaurants. Enjoy a snack or just go for a stroll. 7. DFW Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival – May 20 Check out dragon-boat races, kite flying, a lantern display, children’s activities and more. At Lake Carolyn, Irving, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free DART service on the Blue Line only 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free tours of Las Colinas. 8. Fiesta Charra 2018 – The Mexican rodeo comes to Lewisville featuring traditional dress and horsemanship. Free admission with $5 parking. 9. Food Festival – Thai Culture – The Buddhist Center of Dallas hosts this free event, May 26-27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy Thai culture, music and food. www.thaifestdallas. com/ 10. Food Truck Friday Series at Firewheel Town Center – Free! May 11 and June 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. events/2018food-trucktoday 11. Fort Worth Botanical Gardens – Lunch, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free event – open to the public. 12. Fort Worth Zoo – Half-price Wednesdays – For those who are planning to visit Fort Worth during summer break, consider going on a Wednesday. Tickets are half price every

Wednesday. Adult tickets are $7; children and seniors get in for $5. The zoo is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Visitors are welcome to bring their own food and drinks inside too. 13. “Juneteenth,” Fort Worth: June 15 – Celebrate the day in 1865 that word of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas. Live music and family activities at Tarrant County College South Campus. 682-738-6955 or 14. Levitt Pavillion – Enjoy free rock, pop and country music concerts by popular local, regional and national artists throughout the summer. 15. 'Til midnight at The Nasher – Midnight – Open 6 to midnight the third Thursday of the month with free admission. 16. Perot Museum of Science and History – Late night activities the first Thursdays in June, July and August with special speakers and hands-on activities. Free with admission. 17. The Samurai Collection – Free – This museum north of Downtown Dallas is located on the second floor of St. Ann’s School building (above St. Ann’s Restaurant) at 2501 North Harwood St. and it’s free to the public. The museum houses a collection of more than 1,000 objects including Japanese armor, helmets, suits, masks and weapons. It’s one

of the largest such collections in the world. 18. Texas Folklife Festival June 8-10 The festival showcases the state’s kaleidoscope of cultural influence with food, music, dancing and traditional arts and crafts. UTSA Hemisfair Campus. 210-458-2224 or 19. FIFA WORLD CUP- The biggest sporting event in the world has returned. This year from June 14 to July 15, the drama filled, soap opera that is soccer returns to the big screen. Participate! You can watch the games at home or at your favorite pub and experience the game with fans cheering for their favorite team. 20. The Festival of Independent Theaters (FIT) – July 13 to Aug. 3 Enjoy an original play by a local company at the Bath House Cultural Center. 21. Trinity River Audubon Center – various dates Explore the Trinity River Forest, go kayaking and do some birdwatching. http:// 22. Take a ride on the D-Link Dallas’ free transportation service with stops at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Omni Dallas Hotel, The West End, The Sixth Floor Museum, Main Street Garden, Dallas Arts District, Deep Ellum, Victory Park and the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff. http://

1. Addison Kaboom Town – Rated as one of the top fireworks shows in the U.S. by the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, the event takes place once a year on July 3. The event is free for viewing and blasts off from Addison Circle Park. 2. Angelika Film Center / Student Tuesdays – Located at Mockingbird Station, student discounts on Tuesdays. Tickets are $8 and include a free popcorn with unlimited refills. Be sure to bring your student ID and keep the ticket stub for free popcorn. www. 3. The Dallas Arboretum / August Dollar Days – General admission is only $1 during August. Arboretum officials say this is the time of the year when many of the gardens reach the height of their beauty. 4. Dallas Farmer’s Market – Free movies. Bring chairs and a blanket and enjoy monthly free movies at the Dallas Farmer’s Market. 5. Dallas Museum of Art: Late Night. Open late the third Thursday of the month. Admission is $10 and includes multiple activities. 6. Dallas Pedestrian Network – Those looking for relief from the summer heat in downtown Dallas can check out the Dallas Pedestrian Network. The underground pedestrian tunnels connect office buildings to a


May 8, 2018

Playoffs? Thunderducks wrapping up CHRONICLE Richland


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It’s been a seesaw battle between the Thunderducks and the Metro Athletic Conference. Though close to a winning baseball season, Richland finished April over .500. After losing 16-6 to Mountain View on April 26, the T-Ducks won the next two against the Lions, 21-10 and 15-5. Only a few games remain in the season. The T-Ducks can finish the season no higher than third in the conference. NFL draft Cowboys review The 2018 NFL draft in Arlington is over and the Dallas Cowboys picked up a good group of draft picks. In addition to selecting Leighton Vander Esch in the first round, the Cowboys also picked tackle Conner Williams from the University of Texas, wide receiver Michael Gallup from Colorado State and Dorance Armstrong Jr., a defensive end, from Kansas. A total of nine picks plus, the Cowboys grabbed wide receiver Tavon Austin from the Los Angeles Rams. Austin hasn’t scored a touchdown since the 2016 season. Sportswatch It’s clear to say that the Rangers’ season is already over. Finishing April at 10-12 and 11-19 overall, Texas will look forward to dealing with another difficult month. The NBA playoffs are down to eight teams. In the West at presstime it’s Houston vs. Utah and Golden State vs. New Orleans. In the East it’s Toronto vs. Cleveland and Boston vs. Philadelphia. The NHL Playoffs are down to eight as well. Nashville and Vegas are the two

teams most likely to square off in the Western Conference Finals. In the East, it could be the Washington Capitals’ year, but not if Tampa Bay has anything to do with it. In Major League Soccer, FC Dallas finally lost a match. At Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, FCD lost to New York City FC, 3-1. According to The Associated Press, FC Dallas came in without having conceded a goal in 208 minutes. This month, it will face the expansion Los Angeles FC for the first time at the new Banc of California Stadium in L.A. A total of five fixtures in May and FC Dallas currently sits in fourth in the Western Conference. WNBA’s preseason tips off this month as the Dallas Wings look to fly past last season’s early playoff exit. The regular season begins May 18 at Phoenix, then at home on May 20 against Atlanta.

FRISCO — Jason Witten mostly held it together while announcing hia retirement May 3 after 15 years with the Dallas Cowboys to go into TV. One wavering moment came when the tight end turned to owner Jerry Jones on a stage in front of his family, teammates and club employees in what normally serves as the dining room in the team’s practice facility. “The hardest part of this decision was knowing that I would never be able to hand you that Lombardi Trophy,” Witten said during his 15-minute speech. “I told you back in 2006 that I would not let you down. I hope that in your eyes, I held up my end of the bargain.” Just days away from turning 36, Witten is leaving to be the analyst for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” telecast, a move the network confirmed after Witten’s retirement announcement. The decision by the franchise leader in games, catches and yards receiving is the same one friend and longtime teammate Tony Romo, the club passing leader in yards and touchdowns, made last year with CBS. They joined the Cowboys together in 2003 — Witten a third-round pick out of Tennessee and Romo the undrafted quarterback three years from becoming the starter.

Witten was also known for durability, holding club records for consecutive games (235) and starts (179). He missed one game, the fifth of his rookie season because of a broken jaw, and returned 23 days after rupturing his spleen in a preseason game to play the 2012 opener. With 1,152 catches for 12,448 yards, Witten joins Tony Gonzalez as the only NFL tight ends with at least 1,000 catches and 10,000 yards. His 15 seasons are tied for the most in Dallas with defensive end Ed “Too Tall” Jones, safety Bill Bates and late offensive lineman Mark Tuinei. “He’s one of the best and most complete tight ends ever to play this game,” coach Jason Garrett said. “The stats and the credentials speak for themselves. They don’t really begin to tell the story. Over the last 15 years, he’s played virtually every play.” Witten is third on the Cowboys’ list with 68 touchdown catches. He trails Dez Bryant, released last month with 73 TDs, and Hall of Famer Bob Hayes (71). Without Witten and Bryant, the Cowboys are missing their top two receivers from last year and essentially for the past six seasons. Among the tight ends left behind, only one has a catch in a regular-season game: Geoff Swaim with nine over three seasons.

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Thanks for the memories After two years and a bunch of stories, this is my last column for the Richland Chronicle going back to my first column Aug. 23, 2016, covering the return of Richland’s wrestling program. The rest is history. I had the privilege of covering Richland’s athletics, Texas, national and international sports, championships and losing seasons, celebrating hometown heroes and mourning the loss of legends. I also won some awards along the way. Now, I pass the torch to the next class and the flames still burn with Richland pride. On a personal note, thanks to the awardwinning student media staff, coaches and players. More importantly, I thank the entire Richland community. It’s been a blast and I wish you all the best. Go Thunderducks! -Tru Armstrong

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The Cowboys are high on Blake Jarwin and hope that former Baylor basketball player Rico Gathers can develop after missing his entire second season with a concussion. Dallas drafted Stanford’s Dalton Schultz in the fourth round last week. “There’s an old saying in pro football, the circus doesn’t stay in town forever,” Witten said. “And when you’re young, I think it takes on a meaning that when your opportunity comes, grab it. I’ve decided that the time has come for me to pass the torch to the next generation of Dallas Cowboys.” -The Associated Press

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Copy Editor The Drama department will be busy this summer, if all goes as planned. Andy Long, drama director, has scheduled refresher classes in June and July for middle and high school drama teachers. He got the idea from his wife, Kristi, who teaches drama at the Episcopal School of Dallas. She was looking for local refresher classes in stage scenery and lighting. “I researched it, and those classes don’t exist anywhere in the country,” Long said. He told his wife, “We should put something like that together.” As a result, the Drama department is offering a one-week class in June for high school and middle school drama teachers on scenery and shop safety. Also in June, there will be a one-week class on the basics of lighting. In July, the department will offer classes on costumes, makeup and an introduction on designing sets, using items high school and middle school teachers might have at their schools. Long said he worked through the Continuing Education program last fall and advertised them online and social media. Long said they opened registration in early April and several of the classes are already half full. He had drama teachers from Florida, Wisconsin

and California ask how they can offer short refresher courses in their states. Long said he’s had requests to livestream the classes and said he wants to test it locally first and see how it goes. The classes may be posted online later. Long said the department will also be going through a lot of renovations over the Christmas break and summer, 2019. “We’re going to be hitting close to the $2 million mark with the upcoming renovations,” he said. The Green Room and dressing room are among the areas to be renovated. “We’re installing a camera system with monitors so that not only in the lobby, but in the green room people will be able to see what’s happening onstage and in the Performance Hall and Arena Theaters,” he said. The house lights in the Performance Hall will be converted to LED so they’re energy efficient. “This building was built in 1974 and we have pretty much maxed it out,” Long said. He hopes Richland can host the state level of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) this fall, but at press time, he has not received final approval. If the Drama department receives final approval, then Richland will have eight or nine schools participating in competitions. The anticipated date for the festival is Oct. 24-28, with two shows a day. The KCACTF covers Region 6, which is Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, Louisiana and Texas.

Spring 2108 students clubs and organization Club names 1. Achieving Latino Academic Success (ALAS) 2. African Students Association 3. Alpha Alpha Xi - Phi Theta Kappa 4. Anthropology Club 5. Asian Student Association 6. Black Student Association (BSA) 7. Campus Activities Board (CAB) 8. Christians on Campus 9. Delta Psi Omega 10. Economics Club 11. FOCUS (Fellowship of Christian University Students) 12. Health Professions Club 13. Honors Student Organization 14. Male Achievement Program (MAP) 15. National Society of Collegiate Scholars 16. Philosophy Club 17. Pride at Richland College (P.A.R.C.)

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