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Vol. XXXIV, Issue 8, OCTOBER 4, 2011


CHRONICLE Thunderducks strike again Teams claim victories pg 5 President to speak at Eastfield Page 3

SGA election results

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Class of 2011

MeeT Lauren

auren, a health and human performance graduate student, has a zeal for fitness and exercise that stems from her health-conscious family. Thanks to the faculty and opportunities available at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Lauren has been able to turn her passion into a viable career pursuit.

“A&M-Commerce has equipped me with the knowledge and background I need to pursue a career in health and human performance,” Lauren said. “The hands-on experience I have gained working with clients and teaching aquatic fitness, aerobics and yoga has proven to be invaluable.” In the classroom, Lauren most appreciates the relevant instruction her professors provide which helps her apply new research and ideas and stay on the cutting edge of fitness technology. After graduation, Lauren plans to pursue a career in corporate fitness or campus recreation at the university level where she can continue to share her love of fitness with those around her. “If my students don’t like running, I work hard to find something they do enjoy, whether it’s yoga, step aerobics or just getting outside and walking the dog,” says Lauren. “I encourage them to take small steps that make them more comfortable and excited about health and fitness.”

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LAURA GARSEA Editor-in-Chief

Students are buzzing about President Barack Obama’s planned visit to Eastfield today (Oct. 4). The president is set to visit the DCCCD

school in the afternoon to speak on the American Jobs Act. The American Jobs Act would deliver $450 billion in job creation measures and emphasizes job protection for teachers. Orignally in North Texas to attend two private fundraisers, Obama’s visit to Eastfield will provide a beneficial opportunity

for students, faculty and staff to listen to the president speak in person. A question on everyone’s mind is why Eastfield was chosen to host the event. According to Justin Lonon, vice chancellor for public and governmental affairs, a community college was picked as the setting for Obama’s speech. While the details are uncertain, there are credentials that Eastfield met along with relevance to the topics Obama was scheduled to cover at press time. The speech is scheduled to be delivered in the Eastfield gymnasium with 1,200 expected to attend. For those who wish to see the president speak, a limited number of tickets are available. According to Eastfield President Jean Conway, the tickets are first come, first serve and details are distributed via email. Classes at Eastfield will still be held during the speech, although two parking lots will be closed.

President Barack Obama arrives in San Jose, Calif. on Sept. 25.

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Obama to visit DCCCD

Listeria hysteria

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President Barack Obama speaks at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. on Sept. 14, 2011 about the American Jobs Act.

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vice to avoid consuming bacteria that may cause illnesses, in addition to listeria. “How many of us take a cantaloupe from Editor-in-Chief the store, cut it with a knife and eat it? After you’ve taken a knife and cut through the outBeware of the cantaloupes! side, which is loaded with bacteria, you put it Not as well-known as other fruit, cantaon the food and you eat it,” she said. “Most loupe is a muskmelon that has a firm light of us have great immune systems that can brown rind and an orange middle. A sweet handle the bacteria, but it’s those that don’t scent makes the melon appetizing, but the who can get sick. Wash the outside first.” latest outbreak of listeria has caused melon While there isn’t an official list of retailers lovers to look to other produce. who sold the tainted fruit, consumers should The number of illnesses and deaths due not eat the fruit if they’re not sure whether to listeria is on the rise around the counor not the grocer they purchased it from retry. According to the Cencieved the cantaloupe from ters for Disease Control on the Colorado farm.  Thursday, 18 states reported Students will be happy to outbreaks; Texas reportknow that there are no caning 14 illness cases and two taloupes on campus. Subway deaths. has no fruit available except Listeria is a bacterial infecboxed apple juice. Baristas at tion that can take weeks or Jittery Joe’s had never heard even months to reveal sympof a cantaloupe. The closest toms. Flu-like symptoms thing to fruit the bookstore Image courtesy such as aches and pains are offers is fruit gummies that an indicator of the disease. have no trace of cantaloupe. If you begin to develop any of these sympWhile cantaloupe is currently the food untoms and have eaten cantaloupe, see a physider the radar, there are many others that are cian immediately. recalled and cause food-born illnesses. So, is According to the Centers for Disease Conit possible that infected foods could be sold trol and Prevention, most adults can conon campus? sume listeria and not have any symptoms. “I am sure Subway takes every precaution However, those most at risk are the elderly to serve the community as well possible. The and pregnant women.   information goes to the corporations and that The cantaloupes being recalled are linked information is going to filter down to make to Jensen Farms in Colorado. The  CDC and sure that food has been removed,” Pilukaitis Food and Drug Administration advised that said. “Yes, it’s always possible, but the posanyone who has a cantaloupe produced by sibility is extremely slim.” Jensen Farms should dispose of the fruit imKeeping up with the media and current mediately.  recalls is a way to make sure food being conRegistered Nurse Sue Pilukaitis of the sumed is healthy and disease-free. Richland Health Services Center offered ad- • October 4, 2011




New Found Glory



Veteran band New Found Glory releases its seventh studio album, “Radiosurgery,” today (Oct. 4) and not a minute too soon. New Found Glory has been producing hits for more than 12 years now. This experience has taken its performance of the pop punk genre to an unmatched level, and it’s proudly shown on this album. This is the first new material I have heard out of the band since its 2004 album, “Catalyst.” There’s little change in sound

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and style that I notice. In some cases this would indicate a stagnating, boring band, but not with “Radiosurgery.” If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. New Found Glory continues to stay true to its pop punk roots to produce an album perfect for blaring out of your car speakers this fall. The band knew exactly what kind of sound it wanted to produce for this album, and executed it to great success. The album’s only single, also titled “Radiosurgery,” features the distinct vocals of Jordan Pundik. Although this track may not have the breakneck pacing and energy of other tracks, the overall composition and lyrics definitely prepare the listener to

be operated on with a little bit of “radio surgery.” “I’m Not the One” is probably my favorite track, if I had to choose. It has a tempo that picks up quickly, and then keeps rolling at a healthy pace. This song’s lyrical content is like much of the album, mainly going over various relationship issues. While this kind of theme is often approached with melancholy and brooding, “Radiosurgery” tackles it in a fun way that stays upbeat. In “Summer Fling, Don’t Mean a Thing,” strong drums and bass work well off simple guitar riffs. The more guitar-heavy track, “Ready, Aim, Fire!” has a normal rhythm

at first, but really sets itself apart with a powerful ending. It’s the kind of buildup that has you subconsciously turning up the volume the farther you get into the track. Overall I found this album to be refreshingly fun and upbeat. The tracks are enjoyable even after multiple plays and seldom get old. The band’s webpage on offers a creative way to explore and preview the album. Listeners play a game like “Operation,” basically performing surgery on a radio to unlock tracks. Check out New Found Glory Oct. 10 at Trees as it headlines the Pop Punk’s Not Dead tour.


“Dark Souls” is an intense action RPG (role playing game) and is the spiritual sequel to “Demon’s Souls” that takes place in a dark fantasy universe. Gamers experience a unique environment within dungeons, confront horrifying enemies in “Dark Souls.” It has cuttingedge online features and four co-op online play. “Dark Souls’” design gives players the chance to explore and to adapt its world. There is also a reward challenge that offers players a sense of achievement. “Dark Souls” is available today (Oct. 4) on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

‘50/50’ Does it beat the odds? SCOTT JACKSON • OCTOBER 4, 2011

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The past few weeks have been great for films and “50/50” doesn’t break the trend. Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes the lead as a young man in his upper 20s who’s diagnosed with cancer. Ironically, he takes pretty good care of himself. He eats healthy, exercises regularly and doesn’t live hard. He’s just a regular guy with whom most of us can relate. Funnyman Seth Rogen is along for the ride and continues his normal shtick, but it doesn’t feel so stale here. With such a touchy subject, you would think Rogen would be out of place but he fills these shoes perfectly, not to mention he and Levitt play off each other so well it’s like it was meant to be. You’d picture a film of this nature as an absolute downer, but even without the help of Rogen, “50/50” is more of a dramedy. Take a look at the poster of Gordon-Levitt shaving his head and Rogen’s silly reaction in the background. Well, is a chuckling feeling creeping in? That’s probably how you’re going to feel through most of the movie. Don’t get me wrong, “50/50” isn’t a joke; it just takes a lighthearted approach. Gordon-Levitt chimes in with the definition

of a heartfelt performance tugging away at your emotions. One second you may want to cry, and the next you’re walking out of the theater with a smile on your face. When a movie revolving around cancer can toy with your emotions in this manner, it has done nothing but succeed.

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If you are not familar with “Demon’s Souls,” it is the first of a series where players bestow the power of souls from Nexus, a great ice shrine hidden in the mountains. As King Allant the XII, players awaken the Old One and plunge into the realm of darkness. They also come across a swarm of powerful demons that entered into the kingdom Boletaria, consuming the souls of men.

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‘Ducks sweep Mountain View ADAM CROUCH Staff Writer

Before the season started, both the men’s and women’s soccer teams were asked which conference team would present the toughest challenge. The answer was unanimous: Mountain View College. On Sept. 27, the teams met at Mountain View for the first matchup of the season. The women’s team needed extra time to defeat the Lions 2-1; the men needed only five minutes to seal a victory. Forward Malin Qvarnstrom struck first for the Lady Thunderducks (7-1-2) in the opening half. After outmuscling and fighting off her defender, Qvarnstrom finished with her left foot to beat the diving goalkeeper. “She just outworks everybody and scores goals that way,” said head coach Scott Toups. “A lot of times it’s not real pretty, but that’s just how she plays.” Qvarnstrom has scored a team-high seven goals on the season to go along with nine assists but refuses to get caught up in her personal achievements. “Our whole team is playing well,” said Qvarnstrom. “It’s not one player. We play as a team.” Mountain View had a golden opportunity in extra time when a free kick from just outside of the box caught the keeper off

guard, hitting the right-post before being goalkeeper Eduardo Macias committed a cleared. reckless challenge inside the box, prompting After applying constant pressure on the a call by the referee. Lions’ defense, the Lady Thunderducks took DeAnda calmly struck a low shot past a advantage of their best scoring opportunity. stretching keeper to collect his first of two Freshman defender Lindsay Gable played a goals. ball across the Minutes box, finding later, forward sophomore Victor Pinal midfielder got behind the Dani Fellows. Lions’ defense, Fellows’ beating a one-touch charging volley beat keeper with a the Lions’ right-footed goalkeeper, shot to the far who was post. Pinal battling the would add two sun as she more goals in attempted the first half. to make the On a free save. kick just “It’s not outside of the a goal that’s 18-yard box, going to the freshman go in every played a Image credit Adam Crouch time,” said Richland forward Victor Pinal, left defends against low shot, Toups. “But MVC’s Kevin Antonio, center, and Christian Mendoza . which took a sometimes deflection off you get lucky.” the wall before finding the back of the net The men (4-2-1) got off to a fast start just before halftime. The Thunderducks when Francisco DeAnda converted a penalty took a 5-0 advantage into halftime. kick in the fifth minute. On the play, Lions’ “Every game I go into, I don’t know what

to expect,” said head coach Sean Worley. “That is probably the first time we’ve been up 5-0 at half in a long time.” Pinal, who added his fourth goal in the second half to push the lead to 6-0, was quick to credit his team for the performance. “Personally, I don’t really care about me,” said Pinal. “I just care about how the team played. The team played well, and thankfully I was able to score.” In the final minutes of the game, Lions’ forward Tolliver Enoh converted a late chance to spoil the shutout and push the score to 6-1. After a blatant take-down was missed inside the penalty area at the other end, the Lions pressed the ball forward to a sprinting Enoh, who beat back-up keeper Hector Gonzalez. “We want perfection, and you can never be happy,” said Worley. But the coach was quick to praise the play of his team in such a critical match. “It was a fun game. We scored a lot of goals. The guys played good, played hard.” With the victories, both teams sit atop the Metro Athletic Conference standings. The women continue conference play with games scheduled against Cedar Valley College Sept. 30 and Eastfield College today (Oct. 4). The men were scheduled to host Otero Junior College (Colo.) Oct. 1 before hosting Hill College in MAC play today.

education major “It’s the first thing that greets you when you walk in.” Of course, there are other attractions too: rides, shows, exhibits, concerts and much more. But let’s face it, the surest way to fairgoers’ hearts is through their stomachs. Visitors line up and wait to try the most exotic fried foods. Concession booths are ranked to be among the most popular attractions to those visiting the fair.  The website proclaims that fried foods are one of the top reasons for attending the fair. “In 2010, while enjoying good times with families and friends, fair visitors spent $37 million on food and amusement rides,” said Sue Gooding, a spokeswoman for the fair.  The Texas State Fair goes above and beyond when it comes to frying foods. This year, the list includes items such as Deep Fried Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Deep Fried Texas Salsa, El Bananrito, Fried Autumn Pie, Hans’ Kraut Ball, and the Walking Taco.   “I would just try it to see if they were nasty or good, but would probably regret it later on” said Gian Machuak, engineering major.

Easy Transportation: State Fair visitors can ride the DART Rail Green Line to two stations - Fair Park Station, located on Parry Avenue at the entrance to the fairgrounds, and MLK, Jr. Station, located south of R.B. Cullum Blvd. and convenient to the MLK fairground entrance (Gate 6) and the Cotton Bowl Stadium. Source:

GEORGINA MARTINEZ Contributing Writer

Deep fry this, deep fry that. You name it; the State Fair of Texas fries it. “Food! Lots of fried foods, heart attacks, big drinks and plenty of napkins!” This is what engineering major Valentin Medrano says first comes to mind when he hears of the fair. For others, another state fair staple comes to mind. “The first thing I think of is Big Tex,” said Rebecca Haupt, an early childhood

Fried Beer was named most creative in the 2010 Big Tex Choice Awards.

In 2005, the state fair held the first Big Tex Choice Awards. The 2011 award for most creative friedfood went to Justin Martinez for his Fried Bubblegum. Yes, you heard right, fried bubblegum! Concessionaire Allan Weiss took best taste for his Buffalo Chicken in a Flapjack. “Never tried them,” said Persell Machuak, biology major. “The Buffalo Chicken sounds good. Fried bubblegum? I don’t think I would eat.” State Fair of Texas Fair runs: Sept. 30 - Oct. 23 Hours: Buildings open at 10 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. on Friday through Monday. Closing is at 9 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday. Museum and Midway hours vary. The grounds open as early as 7 a.m. Admission Prices: General Admission: $16 Kids under 48” tall: $12 Seniors 60 and over: $12 Children 2 and under: Free Parking: Parking is $15 on official State Fair lots. Valet parking is available for $30.

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Enriching seniors REBECCA BANKS Staff Writer

Academic learning is a never-ending enlightening process and is necessary for experience and career skills. The Emeritus Plus 50 Program at Richland College is offered to retired individuals and those still working who are 50 and older. It is an opportunity for individuals to broaden their career skills, find volunteer opportunities and simply embrace learning. Two programs, Emeritus, which started in 1989, and the Boomer program recently merged to form Emeritus Plus 50. Since then it has continued to enrich its members through social gatherings, enrichment lectures and classes. Enrollment in the program is open to anyone eligible and offers non-credit and credit classes currently held in one classroom. Class times are created to work with any schedule and are available throughout the day and evening. Individuals are also able to obtain a certification for arts and letters and computer literacy. Tuition is free for individuals 65 or older who have lived in Dallas County for at least one year or pay property taxes in Dallas


County. “Currently we have four volunteer opportunities that I am very proud of. We have received the Innovation of the Year award in 1994 and 2010,� said Director Mitzi Werther. Conversation Partners is the biggest vol-

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Richland fitness instructor Bill Neal is congratulated for his certificate of achievement by Rep. Carol Kent, center, Emeritus Director Mitzi Werther, left, and Richland President Kay Eggleston, right.

unteer tutoring that helps Richland’s international students with English. Werther also said Richland is the only college in the DCCCD to offer such rewarding

opportunities for senior volunteers and Richland students. The program expands its enlightening lectures to a number of retirement communities in Dallas, Garland and Mesquite. Professors and experts deliver lectures at the retirement homes and offer something new that seniors can enjoy. Recently the program went to Gainesville and Oklahoma to see the Winstar World Casino and have fun with friends in the prospering Texas city. Throughout the year, various events are planned to bring new people into the program. The next event is scheduled for December and features the a cappella group “Smooth Brew.� The event costs $12 and is a festive kick-off for the holidays. In the spring the program will present Brown-Bag Dinner movies. The movies will be held on Fridays. People are welcome to bring their own brown bag meals to enjoy while watching the film. Emeritus Plus 50 is advantageous not only for seniors but for passionate professors as well. The program is always looking for educators to volunteer their time to lecture on any topic. For information go to emeritus or call 972-238-6393.

Richland College Music Department Fall 2011 Lunch Concert Series • OCTOBER 4, 2011

All performances are free to the public on Stage in the Richland Cafeteria Concert Schedule is tentative and subject to change




Fusion Band

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2011, Cafeteria Stage, El Paso Hall, 12 - 1 p.m.

Jazz Ensemble Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, Cafeteria Stage, El Paso Hall, 12 - 1 p.m. Steel Band

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, Cafeteria Stage, El Paso Hall, 12 - 1 p.m.

Richland Guitar Ensemble Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, Cafeteria Stage, El Paso Hall, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.


Jazz Combo

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, Cafeteria Stage, El Paso Hall, 12 - 1 p.m.

Jazz Ensemble Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, Cafeteria Stage, El Paso Hall, 12 - 1 p.m. Go to for latest updates. Call Derrick Logozzo at 972.238.6254 for information.

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Needless movie remakes NEVER replace the originals JOE stumpo Staff Writer

If the release date of “Footloose” and “The Thing” fell on Friday the 13th instead of Friday, Oct. 14, I would warmly welcome that day of bad luck in hopes both these movies flop at the box office. “Footloose” is an update of the 1984 dance movie that starred Kevin Bacon. “The Thing,” on the other hand, is being called a “prequel” to director John Carpenter’s 1982 sci-fi, horror classic, which was in turn a remake of “The Thing from Another World” (1951). Watching “The Thing” trailer, however, the film seems to have the word I most dread hearing these days - “remake” - written all over it, from the flamethrowers the characters use to battle the alien to the scene of the dogs being taken over by “The Thing,” which was similar to a shot done in Carpenter’s earlier work. If there is any difference between this one and the 1982 version, other than perhaps the filmmakers’ feeble attempts to out-gross the other with computer-generated visual effects, this update features two female characters. I don’t want to hear how excited young audiences might be about the “Footloose” remake featuring Kenny Wormald in the Bacon role. He is a young outsider who stirs up trouble for a farming community that has outlawed dancing and rock music. Ren McCormack (Wormald) has his sights set on the daughter (Julianne Hough) of the town’s Bible-thumping preacher, played by Dennis Quaid. The “Footloose” preview, like “The Thing” trailer, was nothing more than an uninspired replica of the original’s characters played by Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer and John Lithgow. There is one difference between this update and the 1984 movie. The yellow Volkswagen Beetle Wormald’s Ren

drives has a black stripe painted on the side. If there is any reason why I no longer get much joy out of reviewing, it’s that I have had all I can take of being subjected to 3-D, franchise comic book movies (“Thor”, “X-Men: First Class”), based on toys and games (“Transformers” and next Summer’s “Battleship”) predictable so-called real life stories that never happened, shot “Paranormal Activity” style like “Apollo 18” and needless remakes of old films, many of which were already perfect. Like Congress and President Barack Obama, who exhibit no redeeming thought processes on how to handle the country’s mounting debt, “Hollyweird” is in a deep, dark, creative slump. Like the nation’s rising debt, the number of unnecessary remakes Hollyweird has lined up is increasing. Already being prepared are redos of “The Black Hole” (1979), “Blade Runner” (1982), “The Bodyguard” (1992) “Carrie” (1976), “Dirty Dancing” (1987), “Firestarter” (1984), “Hellraiser” (1987), “Logan’s Run” (1976), “The Osterman Weeke n d ” (1983), “Point Break”

waiting 40 years or more, if at all, before revamping a classic to make spending one’s money to see it justified. Look no further than the impressive remakes of “Casino Royale” (2006), “King Kong” (2005), “Ocean’s Eleven” (2001) “Scarface” (1983) and “True Grit” (2010) for examples. Today’s remakes are nothing more than curiosity pieces and a majority of them are barely worthy of a total makeover. In a perfect world, I hope “The Thing” and “Footloose” suffer the same box office fates that befell this year’s remakes of “Arthur” (1981), “Fright Night” (1985) and the “Conan the Barbarian” (1982) reboot, where audiences were smart enough to stay home. I was one of them. Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening on opening weekend. I predict both movies will be successful because as P.T. Barnum once said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” And as long as there are young audiences stupid enough to waste their hard-earned money to see a redo, there will always be remakes. So excuse me if instead of uttering the words Bacon’s Ren McCormack shouted out at the end of the ’84 movie at the seImages courtesy Paramount pictures nior prom, “Let’s dance,” I’d much rather (1991), “Red Dawn” (1984 – already com- yell out “Fire!” inside a dark theater. pleted), “Total Recall” (1990), “Wargames” When it comes to movie remakes, I am re(1983) and what is clearly a huge slap in the minded of a quote I came across on IMDB. face to director Sam Peckinpah, “The Wild com that Orson Welles once said should his Bunch” (1969). black and white film, “Citizen Kane” (1941), This list makes me want to yell out the one be colorized by media mogul, Ted Turner. word Darth Vader uttered at the end of “Star “Keep Ted Turner and his g-------d CrayWars – Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” olas away from my movie,” Welles said. (2005) after being told he killed his wife. That If I made a movie as great as “Citizen made Star Wars fans, depending on who you Kane” today in a filmmaking world flooded talk to, cringe: with unnecessary remakes and an astounding “Nooooooooooooooo!” lack of fresh ideas, my comment to the stuThere really should be some rules in place dios would be similar. And I wouldn’t give a when it comes to remaking movies – like damn whom I offend.

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One vote decides election

Laura Garsea

“It feels good to win,” Nkangoh said. “Every vote counts and the next step is to thank all of our voters with an ice cream party.”

President: Tabeth Nkangoh Mission statement: “I believe that it is important to continue the goal of diversifying leadership at Richland. Strengthening our campus in terms of clubs and organizations is one of the many priorities. It is time to amplify Richland and unite the college as a whole by minimizing the gap between students and the Student Government Association (SGA); between students and the faculty. Removing apathy from our environment is key to student success and participation at Richland. The current recession and economic crisis has resulted constraints that threaten to not only increase fees, but also to reduce the number of services and classes available. In order to succeed we must make the most of our current resources- meaning we must promote more student activity in terms of fundraising for clubs, beautifying our campus and helping accommodate the needs of all students.”

Election Numbers: President: Tabeth Nkangoh - 70 Greg Carboni - 69 Vice President: Samuel Osayomwanbo - 81 Fareeha Shabbir - 51 Senators: Dennis Ly - 74 Vangjush Gjini - 62 Matthew Goss - 61 Andrew Graf - 63 Troy Hardin - 61 Patricia Villacin - 65

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Professor Dennis Gray expresses love of learning through teaching DENNIS Q. LY Staff Writer

As an adjunct faculty member at Richland since the spring semester of 2003, Dennis Gray currently teaches world civilization courses, as well as Bible as History for continuing education. Born in Paris, Texas, Gray has lived in Texas his entire life. He has been married to his wife, Nancy, for what he calls 32 “adventurous” years. He has two sons, with the older in his last year at Texas Tech University, majoring in fisheries management. In 1978, Gray earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Texas Tech University, and his master’s degree in ancient and medieval history from Southern Methodist University in 2000. SMU professor of ancient history, Melissa Dowling, encouraged Gray to pursue his master’s. “Some of the history courses I had to take were not offered in the evenings so Dowling helped me juggle my class schedule to

fit around my day job,” said Gray. “I’m not was looking for evening history instructors. sure I’d be doing what I love without her “I enjoy teaching at Richland very much,” support.” said Gray. “My favorite part of class is the During time we spend his time as on discussion. a graduWhether I’m ate student listening to at SMU, the young Gray took students in a world my world civhistory ilization class class in the or the Richevening at land Emeritus Richland. students in Once he my Bible Hiscompleted tory class, I his masbelieve I learn ter’s proas much from gram, Gray them as they Image credit Dennis Q. Ly thought he from me.” would love Professor Dennis Gray teaches world civilization courses and At Richto teach Bible History for continuing education students. land, he history in helped with an evening class. Coincidently, it turned out the design of the current American history that after his graduation at SMU, Richland textbook Richland uses.

He also teaches a world civilization class in one of Richland’s LearnLabs. Gray said the students seem to appreciate the up-to-date technology the LearnLabs offer. Gray spends a lot of free time reading, a hobby he finds most historians share. He believes one can’t keep up with new discoveries and evidence unless he or she periodically checks new publications. “I also enjoy traveling to Lubbock to watch Texas Tech football,” said Gray. “For some reason I’m more of a college football fan than I am of the professional game.” In addition, Gray started volunteering in 2005 and has accumulated about 700 volunteer hours. He currently volunteers four hours a week at the USO Welcome Center at DFW Airport. “I started volunteering because after meeting the great young people my son served with in the Marines, I realized I wanted to do something to assist our military men and women,” said Gray. • OCTOBER 4, 2011

For most of the voting period, the booth sat empty with no voters approaching the table. Catching someone marking a ballot was Editor-in-Chief a rare sight. Electrical Engineering Student Ube UkIf you don’t think your vote counts, think pong was one of the few who took the time again. One vote decided the president of the Student Government Association when the to vote. “I’m supporting my friend. I would like to ballots were counted Friday. see him do things to improve the campus,” The SGA election was held last Wedneshe said. “I really want to help him out.” day and Thursday in the Student Lounge. Out of the approximate 20,000 students To be eligible to vote, students had to registered, 139 voted. present a valid Richland ID. With such a small percentage of the campus voting, reasons why students aren’t casting a vote are important to note. “They don’t know, they don’t care, they think everyone else will vote. They’re leaving the job for everyone else,” Ukpong said. “To change something you have to do something yourself.” Only one vote seperated presidential candidates Tabeth Nkangoh and Greg Carboni. The results were posted outside of the Office of Student Life early Friday afternoon, Image credit Sean Dunbar showing that Nkangoh beat Carboni 70 votes Electrical Engineering student Ube Ukpong casts his vote for to 69. Student Government Association positions.



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