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Vol. XLVI Issue 5 September 17, 2019

Moon festival rises at Richland Pg. 5

• Democratic discourse

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• ‘It’ summons a sequel

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• Students discounts galore

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September 17, 2019

New laws enacted

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Part two of a two-part series. The Texas Legislature enacted more than 800 new laws during the 2019 session that went into effect Sept. 1. The rulings range from stopping robo-calls to establishing new standards for women prisoners. It is now illegal for vendors to sell cigarettes and vapes to anyone under 21. Tobacco products are also prohibited on the Richland campus due to a Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) decree. “I have a son who vaped and believed that vaping was his transition from smoking to not smoking or vaping anymore either,” said Patrick Moore, a Richland government professor. “I think in many cases, [that is] not the way it works out regardless of the case my son had. I think it’s probably worthwhile to enact that legislation,” he said. Free speech has also been affected on college campuses. According to Senate Bill 18, the act will protect the free speech of student organizations. Some of the discussion involved determining whether extremist groups are protected under the new bill. “It is possible that we have fetishized the First Amendment to a point that is beyond what is reasonable. Everything is not a First Amendment question,” Moore said. The new law will protect all free speech as long as it does not incite violence or goes against the schools’ regulations. HB 1200 relates to early voters and polling. Certain procedures have received updates such as recognizing an election officer as an authoritative equal to a regular deputy registrar among others. New laws about lemonade stands have also been enacted. They are now legally protected for children under 18 who chose to temporarily sell beverages that are non-alcoholic without being shut down according to HB 234. According to SB 785, “a holder of a wineonly package store permit who also holds a retail dealer’s off-premise license for the same location may remain open and sell ale, wine, vinous liquors and beer, for off-premises consumption only.” Anything above 17% alcohol is not permitted. SB 1232 adds on to beer and wine sellers’ regulations by allowing them to deliver goods to consumers directly. Sellers must have a wine and beer retailer’s permit and cannot distribute any drinks from other locations that are not licensed premises. Hemp products have also been addressed. HB 1325 allows farmers, sellers and businesses to cultivate hemp for the purpose of commercial sales. The law outlines the regulations.

There’s good news for those who have been victims of package thieves. HB 760 increases the criminal penalty. Punishment for stealing packages from front porches will now be based on the value of the contents of the package. Telemarketers must put the brakes on robocalls, according to HB 1992. They are now prohibited from calling people from different cell phone numbers that may mislead potential recipients. HB 2789 makes sending unsolicited sexual content electronically a criminal offense. It states that the content must be “sent at the request of or with the express consent of the recipient” or the distributor can be subject to charges. HB 2747 seeks to curb human trafficking and forced labor at massage therapy businesses. The bill calls for more inspections, allows peace officers to take fingerprints of therapists and allows for the DPS to prevent a massage therapist from obtaining a license if they fail to comply. HB 541 gives mothers the right to breast feed in public. The acts states, “A mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby or express breast milk in any location in which the mother ’s presence is otherwise authorized.” The “born alive” act, also known as HB 16, gives babies who have survived abortion or premature birth the right to be given the same treatment from a physician as any other child of the same age. According to the health and safety code, the guardian of the child is given the right to take legal action if the child is not cared for properly. Pregnant inmates now have access to resources in prison. Correctional officers for female prisoners will now be given training for both medical and mental health care. The law went into effect just days after the unassisted birth of an inmate in a Denver county jail cell. Gov. Greg Abbott signed 12 new bills into law dealing with gun legislation. HB 446 states that certain hand-held weapons must be registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. The law states that some weapons like brass knuckles are no longer illegal. They can now be carried around in public without facing repercussions as long as carriers use their weapons for self-defense. In terms of good news, SB476 allows dogs to be allowed on restaurant patios. The act calls for establishments to have a posted sign, not allow the dogs inside or allow them to sit on chairs and tables. Customers must enter with their pet from the outside. All bills went into effect Sept. 1. The Texas Legislature will not meet again until 2021.

September 17, 2019

Completion: Get a degree

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Bernard Cheatham

Staff Writer Richland College students are likely to hear a lot about completion; finishing their associate degree, certificate, preparing for the next steps in their education, or beginning their new careers. One of the college’s strategic focuses is to help students meet the goals of the Texas 60 x 30 initiative, which calls for at least 60 percent of Texans between the age of 25 and 34 to have completed a certificate or degree by 2030. Richland has many resources available,

including the Finish the Race initiative, to help students stay on track to complete their associate degree, certificate or other educational goals. Mark Ammann, the associated dean of Learning Support Services, says Finish the Race supports students and helps make them aware of what they need to do to graduate, transfer and start their careers. “Sometimes students are not taking the courses that they need in order to graduate,” Ammann said. “They are taking classes and spending extra time and money and they’re not really


progressing the way that they should. Finish the Race is to help students focus on getting from Point A to Point B; when they start education to when they achieve their objective, which is different for every student,” he said. Ammann acknowledges that students have different life goals and college objectives. They may be pursuing a trade certificate in their field and leave Richland College to join the workforce. Others may want to transfer to a university after they get their Associates Degree, in which case they might take a different approach to finishing their work at Richland. Some college students have barriers that come up in their lives. They may not know how they are going to finish their degrees and feel that graduation is beyond reach. Ammann says even difficult situations are not impossible to work out. “For students who feel like they cannot finish, talk to somebody. It’s very important these days, more important now than ever, that a student completes their education because the workforce is increasingly having higher demands for educational achievements,” Ammann added. Whether it is counseling, programs like the Male Achievement Program or Women’s Initiative Network, or other organizations, the goal is to help students be successful in their higher educational pathways. Tutoring

resources such as The Learning Center, Math Corner and English Corner are available to help students stay on track. Ammann said it’s critical for students to focus on their degree plan, which helps them graduate on time and not unnecessarily spend money on classes outside of that plan. “We’re an open enrollment college,” Ammann said. “You can take whatever classes you want, but again, getting from Point A to Point B, maybe sit that one out and focus on the stuff that you need to get done first. And then if you want to take that afterwards, that’s fine, but the advisors are going to be key to making sure that the student has what they need to graduate.” Ammann noted that all of the degree plans at Richland have a guided pathway that will lay out the courses students need to take each semester. The guided pathways are intended to lead students to graduation in four semesters. Ammann encourages students to be active participants in getting their education, finishing college and starting their careers. “I would say the best thing is communication. If they want to be proactive, stay in touch with your advisers and with degree audits because they are going to be your support team,” he said. More information about Finish The Race is available online at https://www.richlandcollege. edu/apply-reg/finishrace/pages/default.aspx

Democrats debate for 2020 presidential nomination André Duncan Staff Writer

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The Democratic presential candidates election look out at the audience at Texas Southern University in Houston on Sept. 12

improving public education, foreign policy, climate change and the Senate filibuster. The candidates approach to dealing with gun violence was another flashpoint of the evening. Sen. Kamala Harris criticized President Trump saying “he didn’t pull the trigger but he certainly has been tweeting out the ammunition.” Biden suggested talking with Constitutional scholars about how to address the gun violence issue. Candidate Beto O’Rourke has proposed a controversial plan to take back AK-47 and AR-15s. It’s a plan Republicans call confiscation. O’Rourke addressed the recent

shootings at an El Paso Walmart that left 22 people dead and 26 injured. He noted there were so many injured with the AR-15 that there were not enough ambulances to take people to the hospital in time. “Hell yes. We’re gonna take your AR-15s, your AK-47s,” O’Rourke said to the cheering crowd. He also mentioned going to a gun show in Conway, Arkansas the day after the shooting and finding common ground with gun sellers and dealers. The debate moderators let the candidates talk well beyond their allotted time. The problem was heightened when Yang was

asked what he would do about tariff’s and fair trade with China. He was interrupted by South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and went unchecked by the ABC moderators. In the final round of questions, the moderators asked the candidates about their lowest point and how they came back from it. Biden was the first person to respond. He was interrupted by protestors who prevented him from speaking for almost a full minute. The remaining candidates had the full amount of time to answer the question. The fourth debate will take place over two nights, Oct. 15 and 16 in Ohio.

Healthcare, gun violence and personal reflection were high on the topical agenda when the top 10 Democratic presidential candidates faced off in their third debate on Sept 12. On stage at Texas Southern University in Houston, the candidates made their appeals to the American public as to why they should be the Democratic nominee and, eventually, the President of the United States. The candidates took the stage shortly before 7 p.m. with each candidates giving their opening statements. On the issue of healthcare, the candidates highlighted the distinctions between their respective plans. The sometimes raucous discussion ranged from Bernie Sander’s “Medicare for All” proposal to Andrew Yang’s “freedom dividend” that would give every American $1,000 a month to spend as they want. Joe Biden spent his first two chances at the mic challenging Sanders and Elizabeth Warren about how they would pay for their $30 trillion-dollar healthcare proposals. Sanders then challenged Biden about American’s going bankrupt under “Obamacare.” Castro challenged Biden about whether his plan would cause American’s to “buy in” again to which Biden defended the “Obamacare” model. The healthcare focus went on for about 30 minutes before ABC moderator Linsey Davis transitioned to other topics including racial tensions, trade with China,


September 17, 2019

‘Good Boys’ share wild times Hevar Barzenji Staff Writer From the people that brought you “Sausage Party,” “Good Boys” is a movie that follows three sixth grade boys: Max (Jacob Tremblay), Thor (Brady Noon) and Lucas (Keith L. Williams) who are nicknamed the “Beanbag Boys.” They struggle to keep their friendship together in the face of peer pressure, family issues and the challenges of growing up, ultimately facing the possibility that fate will undo their tightly held bonds. “Good Boys” hit the big screen last summer. It was a highly anticipated success by filmmaker Gene Stupnitsky. Audiences should not be fooled by the film’s childlike looks. These so-called “tweens” are a force to be reckoned with. After being invited to a kissing party by one of their classmates, the boys panic at the thought of going to the party not knowing how to kiss. Max is excited about going in hopes that he will finally have a chance of getting a shot at his crush (a girl named Brixley). He steals his father’s drone after being told specifically not to in order to spy on his neighbor who has a boyfriend, believing they will learn how to kiss by watching them. The plan goes downhill from there. The drone is confiscated by his neighbor and her

friend and that’s when the movie gets good. After skipping school and being chased by girls, a hilarious encounter with a police officer, nearly getting ran over while crossing a freeway and another plan gone wrong, they manage to get the drone back, but not before Max’s dad gets home. The rest is for you to find out. That is, if you are into R-rated comedies with the best of dirty jokes. I imagine writers had a fun time writing them and choosing between them. There are a lot of new faces on screen here, some are known for smaller roles including Josh Caras who plays Benji. He was featured in the 2017 Netflix series “The Punisher.” Audiences don’t expect too much from actors in comedies, other than wanting them to be funny. There’s no doubt that the actors in this film did a good job of that. I enjoyed watching this movie and I would watch it again if given the chance. Despite the fact that a lot of people would consider this movie vile, inappropriate and might even feel uncomfortable watching it, it appeals to this reviewer’s sense of humor. After all, what is not funny about three sixth graders attempting to understand the complex workings of the adult world? If there’s one lesson that I could take from this movie, it’s that true friendship never dies. Grade: B

Sam Richardson left, Jacob Tremblay and Keith L. Williams in “Good Boys.”

“The Dead Zone” (1983) – This classic finds Christopher Walken’s teacher Johnny Smith awakening from a coma with telekinetic gifts. The film is directed by David Cronenberg with Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt and Martin Sheen.


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Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise sits on the Paul Bunyan statue in “It: Chapter Two”.

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‘It’ comes back for more blood Ricky Miller Entertainment Editor I am not a fan of horror movies. The exceptions involve Stephen King, John Carpenter and Guillermo Del Toro. King’s movie-adaptation track record has improved lately, as cinematic result are distilled from his novels. Filmmakers have taken his words and manipulated them to just the right degree. King hopped into the director’s chair for one movie titled “Maximum Overdrive,” in 1986. It stunk. On the A-F scale, I’d probably give that one a D-. It was dumb, inane and ridiculous, but sure was a lot of fun. Chalk this one up as a guilty pleasure. In the 1990s, the made-for-TV version of “It” presented villain Pennywise (Tim Curry) as a creepy dancing clown. It was a first of its eerie kind. I don’t know what it is, but I find clowns altogether creepy. I think it goes back to Tobe Hooper’s “Poltergeist” in 1982 wherein a clown threatens Oliver Robins as Robbie Freeling’s life. Flash forward 37 years and the world is introduced to Bill Skarsgård’s creepy Pennywise in “It: Chapter Two.” He sometimes swallows the kid’s entire head. In this year’s “It: Chapter Two,” Jessica Chastain is Beverly Marsh who faced Pennywise years earlier. She was part of The Losers Club, a close-knit group of friends who thought they extinguished the diabolical clown long ago.

“Stand by Me” (1986) – Rob Reiner directs this tale about four friends (Wil Wheaton, Jerry O’ Connell, River Phoenix and Corey Feldman) who search for their deceased friend who was hit by a train. It is based on “The Body,” from his “Different Seasons” anthology.


“Apt Pupil” (1998) – Brad Renfro and Ian McKellen star in this lesser-known film about how one’s curiosity can result in major trouble. It also deals with an escaped Nazi. Bryan Singer directs this film with intensity throughout.


Pennywise, however, is still causing harm to innocents, particularly pint-sized children. This next chapter of “It” does an adequate job of intertwining the two films using flashbacks from the time the characters were kids in Derry, Maine. Chastain’s character remembers her time with The Losers Club, which included actors Bill Hader, James McAvoy, Isaiah Mustafa and James Ransone. An interesting aspect of this film is that it borrows dialogue directly from John Carpenter’s “The Thing” (1982). One of the characters sees a headless creature that is turned into a spider and says, “You’ve got to be [expletive] kidding me.” In the Carpenter update, David Clennon said it with a straight face. Returning for “It: Chapter Two” is director Andy Muschietti who helmed 2017’s “It” along with the creepy “Mama” in 2013. As a director, Muschietti knows when to pile on the scare factor. It’s an attention grabber for the audience. The sequel is long, running two hours and 50 min. Most horror flicks come and go fast, almost like junk food at a drive-through window. This one, however “It Chapter Two” wants you to just stay awhile and enjoy the experience. By no means, however, it is a slow-burn horror entry. To me, it’s ridiculous, but the ending of “It: Chapter Two” makes the whole experience worthwhile. Grade: B

“The Shawshank Redemption” (1994) – Tim Robbins headlines this tale about a man sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. At his side is Morgan Freeman as Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding, a man who can get things within the walls of Shawshank. Directed by Frank Darabont.


“The Green Mile” (1999) – Another nonhorror King film that deals with a man named John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan) who was accused of a murder he did not commit. Directed by Darabont, and features Tom Hanks, Barry Pepper and Bonnie Hunt. —Ricky Miller A


September 17, 2019

Harvest moon reaps celebration Nabeela Iqbal Staff Writer

The Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) along with the Office of Student Life (OSL) and the Asian Student Association (A.S.A.) kicked off the annual Moon Festival at Richland, sparking curiosity and excitement among the students. The event took place Sept. 12 in El Paso Hall. The Moon Festival, also called the MidAutumn Festival, is a harvest festival celebrated primarily in China, Vietnam and Korea. It is held on the eighth month of the Lunar calendar during the full moon. The festival is significant as it celebrates the end of the autumn harvest in a lot of Asian countries. The centerpiece of the celebration is eating the traditional mooncake. “A mooncake is a pastry that’s got either, traditionally a red bean or a green, like a mung bean in it, with a preserved salted egg yolk,” explained Pamela Chui, ESOL instructional specialist and part of the Asian Pacific American Celebration Committee that worked alongside AANAPISI for this event. “We’ve got three kinds here, the mung bean or green tea one, we’ve got a red bean and also a mixed one which has meat in it. That’s the

traditional pastry. You gift it to families. So, you can go to the store and buy a box and bring it over to your auntie’s or your best friend’s house and gift it to them over the festival,” she said. In the cafeteria, charmingly vibrant paper lanterns adorned the ceiling catching the eye of students and faculty members. “It’s actually supposed to be more of a child’s event, where you come out and look at the full moon and make lanterns and have fun with that,” said Chui. While colorful posters explained the meaning behind the celebration, the food and craft activities encouraged students to enjoy and honor the customs of other cultures. Tables and chairs were set up in between the food and crafts to encourage participation. Festival attendees also had the chance to make origami animals and paper lanterns while sampling different mooncakes and two types of tea. A stage was also set up with a Moon Festival-inspired backdrop so that people could take pictures with props that were provided or those made at the craft station.

Students make paper lanterns in El Paso Hall during the annual festivities.

Festival posters make a colorful backdrop.

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Paper lanterns decorate tables.

Abigail Atkins and Jonathan Lin Staff Writers

Guests splash and slide around at the Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark.

Staff Photo Jonathan Lin

With summer coming to a close and the fall semester well underway, Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark in Grand Prairie is keeping the thrill of summer alive all year long. The new indoor waterpark offers exciting water rides and entertainment, rain or shine. At 80,000 square feet, this is the newest and biggest waterpark in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Housed in a spectacular, glass-paneled warehouse with a curved, retractable roof, Epic Waters is the self-proclaimed “cruise ship on land.” “You’re comfortable the entire time. You’re not sitting here freezing or too hot,” Jordyn Kledas, the aquatics supervisor said. “It’s [also] one of the only facilities in the area with rides for older kids.” Thrill seekers looking for speed and power have 11 slides to choose from, including three that are first-of-their-kind. Those who prefer to relax can go with the flow and drift away along the lazy river or in the pools. Each ride is tailored to a specific experience. For those who love the extreme side of physics, the Prairie Plunge offers a 50-degree drop. The Lasso Loop, billed as the tallest indoor aqualoop in the nation, offers an adrenaline rush of excitement. Those craving a slower pace can enjoy the Rio Grande, billed as the longest man-made lazy river in Texas.

The Swimming Hole is the place to experience a refreshing dip. “It’s a really great place to have fun,” said Angel Ramos, a student from Mountain View. “It’s a nice place if you want to get distracted.” Epic Waters also hosts special events. A popular one is the FlowaPalooza FlowRider surf competition. Participants can test their skills at riding the waves on the FlowRider, a surf wave simulator. It’s one of the most popular rides in the park. Jack Knowles is a man who, despite his advanced age, can frequently be found riding the FlowRider almost every day. When he first started riding the FlowRider, he couldn’t surf and was about to quit. “I was about to give up,” Knowles said. “I said [to myself] ‘I’m just too old to do this’ and ‘I’m really disappointed.’ And the next day I said, ‘Well, I’ll try it one more time. And I’ve been doing it ever since.” He now competes in the FlowaPalooza competition and says the Epic Water staff has been welcoming during his visits to the park. “We’re like family,” he said. Opportunities for fun aren’t limited to the water. Epic Waters also provides arcade entertainment with 50 games to enjoy solo or as a group, special rewards and a gift shop providing everything from swim wear to ATMs. Food and lockers are also available on site.

Waterpark stays ‘Epic’ all year ’round


September 17, 2019

Cheap eats quench student appetites

Damon Craig

Staff Writer Most students love a great discount. With the cost of tuition, textbooks, access codes and supplies, college can get rather expensive. Factor in other expenses like food and housing and the expenses just seem to keep growing. Fortunately for students, there are ways to cut costs and still enjoy the college-student lifestyle. There are restaurants and service discounts available. Cheap dining options are also available via weekly specials at a delectable price. Students can even get a break on public and private transportation. A great way to conclude a long day of studies is with a delicious meal or perhaps a snack to go with those lengthy group study sessions. The combination of food and studies is common among many college students and, while the two go well together, students should beware of gaining the “freshman 15” (pounds). Eating out can be expensive but numerous eateries throughout the Metroplex offer discounts and daily specials that will satisfy both

Staff Graphic Barbara Gandica-Martinez

the pallet and the wallet. In the mood for Greek food? Little Greek restaurant in Richardson offers Greek food at a reasonable price. They offer a variety of classic cuisine from dolmades (seasoned meat and rice wrapped in grape leaves) to chicken, beef and lamb skewers, moussaka and the ever-popular gyro (yee-row) sandwich. Every Monday, Little Greek offers reduced prices on certain gyro and pita sandwiches. The feta fries are a special treat. Like Tex-Mex? Two words: Taco Tuesday. There are numerous places around the Metroplex that offer taco specials on Tuesdays, ranging from Rosa’s Café to the selection of street tacos from Tacos Y Mas. While this writer prefers the barbacoa, the possibilities are endless. And on Tuesdays, copious amounts of tacos are available at a discounted price. What’s not to love? Feel like American classic? Nothing beats a Dairy Queen burger. With a menu spanning from Hungerbusters to steak finger baskets, chicken fingers, salads and tacos, this drivethrough or dine-in eatery also offers an array

of delicious frozen treats. Try the original Orange Julius or their ice cream-like Blizzard with crushed candy treats. The Dairy Queen on 14815 S. Coit Rd. offers a 10% discount to students with a valid student ID. They also offer a lunch special from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Want a free snack with a movie on side? The Angelika Film Center and Café at Mockingbird Station offers discount tickets for students on Tuesdays. Moviegoers with a valid DCCCD ID can enjoy a movie for $8 per-person plus a free 8 ounce popcorn with unlimited refills. How about some cheap tunes to go with all that food? Whether studying, working out or hanging with friends, there is nothing like a good song to set the tone. While the YouTube app and services are free, the premium version of YouTube Music has a base price of $9.99/ month. With a student discount, three months of free listening is available without commercials. Students can enjoy a low price of $4.99/ month at the conclusion of the three-month trial period. More importantly, users can actually listen with their phone screen locked! Have food, but need cheap movies? Fans of classic cinema can enjoy Kanopy, an online movie streaming service. Students and library members can get free access to a plethora of classic and indie films, documentaries and more. With an array of cinematic delights that range from Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton silent films to classics like “Metropolis” and “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” Kanopy also includes modern wonders like “Loving Vincent.” It’s a great way to relax from the comfort of home. Also available through desktop or as an app, Pluto TV is a free, online streaming service that offers multiple channels devoted to classic TV shows, news, sports, weather, movies and music. They also have an on-demand streaming section where viewers can peruse a selection of available films and TV series. Be it a night out on the town or a quiet evening at home, with so many options readily available students can make the most of their free time without breaking the bank. Additional student discounts are available online at


In the Chronicle issue, Vol. XLVI 1st issue Aug. 20, the Take 5 section had errors. The review of “The Art of Racing in the Rain” referred to a dog named Engo, not Enzo. Actor Milo Ventimiglla’s last name was misspelled. In the review of “Hobbs & Shaw,” Patrick Swayze’s Dalton character received a philosophy degree from NYU, not MIT as mentioned in the review. The grade is a C+, not the C- that ran in the paper. In the September 10 issue, the director for “Bohemian Rhapsody” was misidentified. That was directed by Bryan Singer. It was not Dexter Fletcher, whose “Rocketman” was the movie he helmed. The Chronicle regrets these errors. Staff Artist Jerry Weiss


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September 17, 2019

Andreescu derails Serena’s quest David Acosta

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Staff Writer The 2019 U.S. Open women’s championship was very entertaining on Sept. 7, despite another disappointing loss for the oldest U.S. woman finalist at a Grand Slam at age 37. The men’s side was a brutal, hard-fought match lasting nearly five hours that seemed like an eternity. The sellout crowd got their money’s worth at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, New York. Many celebrities were in attendance at the event. They included Spike Lee, Uma Thurman, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Trevor Noah, basketball great Manu Ginóbili and Meghan Markle, the Dutchess of Sussex. Since her loss in last year’s Open to Naomi Osaka, which had plenty of drama and distraction, Serena Williams was once again denied the opportunity to win her 24th Grand Slam championship, losing to teenager Bianca Andreescu in straight sets 6-3, 7-5. Before the match, Andreescu won the coin toss to serve first, but she elected to defer to Williams. Andreescu’s strategy paid off, breaking serve for a 1-0 lead in the first set as Williams double-faulted twice. Williams struggled throughout the match; hitting many balls into the net. She also had trouble getting her first serves in while being hammered on her second serves deep at the baseline, throwing Williams off balance. With the score 4-2, the crowd urged Williams to fight back yelling “Come on, Serena!” and “Serena, you got it!” Despite the motivation and energy from the crowd attempting to get Williams to crawl back into the match, Andreescu took the first set 6-3 as Williams committed another “unforced error” by again double-faulting. The second set began with more of the


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same as Andreescu took a commanding 5-1 lead as Williams committed more errors, beating herself with automatic points given to her opponent with double-faults. Suddenly Williams leveled the playing field at 5-5 with a burst of spark. The crowd roared urging her to fight hard while chair umpire Alison Hughes continually announced to the crowd, “Please ladies and gentlemen, the ladies are ready.” Andreescu showed the pressure, but her big serves allowed her to hold serve at 6-5. With Williams serving to send the set to a tiebreak, Andreescu prevented that from happening and won the second set 7-5 becoming the first Canadian to win the U.S. Open. The players embraced after the match. Following her victory Andreescu climbed to her “player’s box” and with tears of joy embraced her coach, family and friends. In

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a brief interview after the match, she apologized to the crowd. “I know you wanted Serena to win. I’m so, so sorry,” she said. “I want to dedicate this win to all of you.” During the trophy ceremonies Williams offered nothing but praise to Andreescu. “Bianca played an unbelievable match,” she said. “And, congratulations!” Williams told For The Win USA Today Sports, “I’m so proud and happy for you. It was incredible tennis out there. I wish I could have played better. If anyone could win the tournament-outside of Venus-I’m happy it’s Bianca,” Williams said. Andreescu becomes the first teenager to win the U.S. Open since Maria Sharapova in 2006. Read about the U.S. Open men’s finals online at

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Free food-food truck East breezeway Please bring a bag.

September 18 10 a.m. to noon 2 to 4 p.m. i

APACC film discussion of “Crazy Rich Asians” Sabine Hall, SH118


Student Media speaker series Larry Ratliff, “Writing Critical Reviews” El Paso, E020

September 20 12:45 to 2 p.m. i

Student Government Association General Assembly Meeting Sabine Hall, SH117

Richland’s Takayoshi Wyatt springs for the ball in the Sept. 9 soccer game against Paul Quinn College.

Staff Photo: Mirco Daniel Mbega Ndoumou

2 to 4 p.m.


September 17, 2019

mythology, spooky stories and folk lore

eclectically themed events

Richland Student Media


Richland Student Media

Profile for Richland Student Media

Richland Chronicle September 17th, 2019  

Richland Chronicle September 17th, 2019