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Vol. XXXVI, Issue 6, September 25, 2012



Brazos Gallery presents ‘Slow Measure: for Cornelius’ Page 2

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What iThink is coming

already settled with Marvel Comics about any intellectual property rights, vis a vis arc reactor technology. This also makes the iPhone 5 a must-have power source Managing Editor when (not if…) the zombie apocalypse hits. • iWrite – Many a text message has fallen The iPhone 5 is here. In deference to its status as the last project worked on by the victim to auto-correct. Apple is one of the legend himself, Steve Jobs, from start to fin- worst offenders when it comes to auto-corish, the company has already unveiled the rect. It is a little known fact that auto-correct nano-sim, a much smaller sim-card for use in was Jobs’ beta test for iWrite. iWrite will not just correct the iPhone 5. your words, If that’s it will now any indicareplace your tion, I believe words with this is only better words. the first step It will also in a maniacal reconstruct avalanche of your sentencnew features es making that moves them gramus closer matically to realizing correct. And Jobs’ endthat doesn’t game, which even cover is total global “thought technological check,” curdomination. rently being In the grand beta-tested tradition of at Area 52. journalistic • iWear – satire (See Your iPhone “A Modest just fits awkProposal”), wardly into join me in Image credit your pocket. my underIt is a fact, ground vault Steve Jobs the evil mastermind. the rectanguand let your mind run wild with my paranoid imaginings. lar shape’s dimensions were designed speI have enough tin foil hats for everyone. cifically to make stowing and retrieving your • iPower – You know it makes sense. phone an uncomfortable experience. Never Apple is notorious for creating products fear. With the iPhone 5, Apple will also rethat will work only for other Apple prod- lease its new line of iWear jeans, shorts and ucts. The iPhone 5 features a state-of-the- suit pants specifically designed to house and art battery that runs off arc reactor energy. protect your Apple products. We wait with It will be called iPower, much like the en- baited breath for iWear dresses. All with a ergy that keeps Tony Stark alive and pow- built-in iPower charger, of course. It’s a brave new world, my friends. ers the Iron Man suit. Word is that Apple • September 25, 2012

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Upcoming Events Each week, the Division of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts at Richland College presents its Recital Series. All performances are Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. in the Fannin Performance Hall and are free to the general public. For more information about this series, contact Dr. Michael Crawford, associate dean of Performing Arts. Today: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to hear the music faculty perform: Sharon Deuby on the clarinet; April Kondrat on the viola and Boriana Savova on piano. Sept. 13-28: Brazos Gallery Enjoy John Penny’s “Slow Measure: for Cornelius” exhibit Thursday, Sept. 20: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Student Club Fair El Paso Hallway South Wednesday, Thursday, Sept. 26-27: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Student Government Elections Student Lounge Friday, Sept. 28: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. PSSA craft fair invites students in El Paso Hallway Saturday, Sept. 29: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fall Recycling Round-Up Parking Lot E The City of Dallas Waste Diversion Team is looking for televisions, toys, clothing, shoes, used books, scrap metals, tires, styrofoam, batteries, a number of electronics and a number of other items for the roundup. They will not accept household hazardous chemicals or paint, building supplies, pharmaceuticals, furniture or mattresses. For more information, call 311 or the Waste Diversion Hotline at 214670-4475. In addition to the City of Dallas, the event is also being sponsored by Richland, Sanyo, Recycler, Samsung and others. For future events students can look at the campus calender located in El Paso Hallway and also in the OSL (Office of Student Life) office. Tuesday, Wednesday, Oct. 2-3: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Carter Blood Care will be located in the traffic circle for students and faculty to donate. Each donation is a chance to win Screams Halloween theme park tickets. Thursday, Oct. 4: Reception - 5 to 7 p.m. Juror: Gabriel Dawe, Brazos Gallery Annual Juried High School Exhibition The exhibition will run from Oct. 4-12. Tuesday, Oct. 9: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free STD Testing East Circle Drive (near library) The tests will include HIV, chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea. For questions or more information, call Dallas County Health and Human Services at 214-263-5851, the Richland College Health Center at 972-238-6135 or stop by Thunderduck Hall, Room T-110.

New gallery director promotes installation art Joyce jackson Staff Writer

Michael Mazurek, 41, recently hired as the new Art Gallery coordinator and an instructional specialist, isn’t teaching any classes this semester. He’ll focus instead on developing art programs for Fall 2013 and will continue the work of Ryder Richards, former gallery coordinator. Mazurek said Richards is on a developmental leave. “He’s pursuing an artist residency in Roswell, N. M.,” Mazurek said. “They provide you with a stipend for one year. I’m a oneyear replacement.” In the spring, Mazurek will teach one class in studio art. Before coming to Richland, Mazurek was adjunct faculty at the University of Texas in Arlington, from where he obtained a master’s degree in fine arts in the Intermedia Program. His bachelor’s degree is from Southern Methodist University in fine arts. Mazurek said an intermedia program is the type of discipline where you can utilize various media for your art. It’s not centered around a single discipline.

Mazurek focuses on installation art, a type of art that is site-specific and designed to transform the perception of space. It’s designed to exist only in the space for which it is created. The art work of John Penny’s exhibit in the Brazos Gallery, “Slow Measure: for Cornelius” represents installation art and will be available through Friday (Sept. 28). “All the objects relate to one another,” Mazurek said about Penny’s exhibit. “This was new to students. They had not seen where everything in the space is dealing with. Each thing within the space. They are not singular objects.” Penny is an instructor from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Mazurek said. He’s from Baltimore and is on a sabbatical for a year. While on campus, Penny visited Tom Motley’s art class. Mazurek said he wants to continue the progressions that Richards has done in exposing the students to a broader range of art. “My goal [at Richland] is to continue what Ryder has been doing,” he said. Mazurek and two other artists have an art studio in Dallas called Dick Higgins, located in a warehouse near the Trinity River. They’ve worked together there for the last year. He

has a piece at the Oliver of the United States.” Francis Gallery in East Mazurek said one Dallas titled “SNAof the top spots for FU” for one month. artists is Berlin and it Mazurek’s Dick Higattracts a lot of them. gins studio is named af“You have New ter an artist by the same York, Los Angeles and name. Higgins was best outside of the Unitknown as a ‘”Fluxus ed States,” Mazurek artist,” a movement said. “There are more that dealt with expandart galleries in Berlin ing the definition of art than anywhere else.” outside of a gallery. He Mazurek worked at also coined the term, the Dallas Museum of “Intermedia,” the proArt for nine years in the gram in which MazuDigital Imaging Dept. rek obtained his degree. and also has a backHiggins died in 1998. ground in architecture. Mazurek said his He said he couldn’t dream for the future help but notice how is to continue his art incredible the landwork and exhibits, but scaping is at Richland. Image credit Joyce Jackson to expand both nation“I like the Xeriscapally and internationally. New gallery director Michael Mazurek ing,” he said. “It’s uti“I’ve been invited to lizing native plants.” show work throughout Dallas,” Mazurek When he’s not producing art or worksaid. “I was in nine exhibitions last year in ing at Richland, Mazurek said he likes Dallas. I would like to get show work out to race cars and ride mountain bikes.

She quickly pointed out that this team has a new personality built on teamwork and to learning to win together. Staff Writer With this many freshmen, it is taking “The team is in a rebuilding year with time for the team to come together as a many of last year’s team having graduated cohesive unit that it needs to be a constant so that the team has 11 freshmen and only winner. Smith stated the team has had some two sophomores,” Richland volleyball coach difficulties because of playing in a number of early season tournaments against highly Zelda Smith said. ranked opponents with experienced players. In spite of Richland’s record in these tournaments, freshman LaTori McClain from Garland was named to the AllTournament team at the Vernon Tournament. Smith added that she is working to make each of the players more personally accountable in games. One way is for each player to stand and carefully watch the game in progress and to substitute into the game at the proper times. Smith said the team is improving with each game they play, growing in self-confidence as well as team work, to become much more competitive. The team welcomes fans at their home Image credit John Kosanke games, where Miranda Arredondo, freshman from Richmond, leaps to make a power admission is free.


serve in a recent game against Hill College of Hillsboro.

Richland College Music Department Fall 2012 Lunch & Evening Concert Series

All performances are free to the public in Fannin Performance Hall Concert Schedule is tentative and subject to change

Fusion Band: October 18, 2012, 12 -1p.m. Cafeteria Stage, El Paso Hall Symphonic Instrumental Concert 1: Wind Symphony, String Orchestra, Chamber Ensembles October 23, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Fannin Peformance Hall Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Improv Ensemble: October 26, 2012, 12 -1p.m. Cafeteria Stage, El Paso Hall

Go to for latest updates. Call Derrick Logozzo at 972.238.6254 ) or Dr. Michael Crawford (972.238.6284) for information.

Soprano wows crowd JESSE WILSON Staff Writer

Former Richland student Yea-lim Moon wowed students with a spectacular vocal performance Sept. 18 in the Fannin Performance Hall. Moon, accompanied on piano by Biliana Dimitrova, demonstrated her formidable skills as a soprano by singing a varied program. She began the program with a jaunty aria from “Un Ballo in Maschera” by Giuseppe Verdi, showing off her wonderful range. Switching gears a bit, Moon offered a beautiful rendition of three pieces from the song cycle “Ariettes oublie’es” by Claude Debussy, from the desperately sad to the near whimsical. Having shown mastery of Italian and French compositions, she further impressed the audience with her competent handling of German and English by filling the last half of her performance with pieces by Mozart,

Schumann, Strauss and a few selections from the jazzy and sometimes jarringly juxtaposed piano and vocal combinations of “Cabaret Songs” by William Bolcom. Moon returned to the stage for a question-and-answer session after the show, in which she expressed fondness for her time at Richland under the tutelage of voice professor Kay Austin. Having been recently awarded a scholarship to attend Texas Christian University for a master’s degree in vocal performance, Moon extolled the virtues of hard work saying, “Everyone has a talent.” She advised that if you practice rigorously and, “study hard,” then, “everything pays off.” If Korean-born Moon is any indication, that is certainly true. Moon was born in South Korea in 1982, moving to the United States in 2001. Her voice study training at Richland began in 2005. She also studied under Dr. Stephen Austin at the University of North Texas.

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What’s the deal with DLC?

KISTEN S. CHETTY Managing Editor • September 25, 2012

I recently purchased the “Fallout New Vegas” game-of-the-year edition for Xbox 360. This version comes packed with the original game and all four downloadable contents (DLC). I paid 40 bucks for it, but, in truth, you can find it much cheaper if you really look. I played it and loved it. The post-nuclear war universe is one of my favorite playgrounds. Before this devolves into a gushing fanboy tirade I’ll get to the point; the DLC. “Fallout New Vegas” features four DLCs: “Honest Hearts,” “Old World Blues,” “Dead Money” and “Lonesome Road.” Similar to the DLCs for “Fallout 3,” each DLC adds an additional five levels to the level cap that cumulatively increases to 50. Unlike “Fallout 3’s” DLC in “New Vegas,” the content does not allow you to bypass the end of the game, but actually takes place before the end-game scenario. I enjoyed each one. There are new areas to explore, new weapons and additional story elements. It was basically more “Fallout” and worth


the price. In my opinion “Dead Money” was the best while “Old World Blues” comes in a close second due to humor and the environment. Unfortunately, “Bethesda” is more the exception than the rule when it comes to downloadable content, maybe learning from its past mistakes. DLC, in theory, is extra content that is released months or years (the time span varies according to the nature of the game) after the original game is released. The purpose of the DLC is to breathe life into your game once you have completed the main quest/campaign. The price is supposedly set accordingly, much cheaper than buying a brand new game, to the amount of new content or play time the DLC adds. In a perfect world, that would be exactly how DLC works. Alas, we do not live in such a world. A main concern and the greatest sore point about DLC is a question of whether the game designers are holding back content on purpose. The game market is still using a trial-and-error approach concerning this “new” idea of DLC. There have been some misses. I have two examples of big time offenders

from my own experience. The first is “Gears of War 3.” During the main campaign, the lead characters split up and you follow one team. It is implied, via the style of gameplay, that you will eventually cut to the other team and play out their part of the mission. This type of game play is not uncommon in “Gears of War,” so I thought nothing of it. Imagine my surprise when, near the end of the game, the other team simply shows up, having accomplished their mission offscreen. I felt robbed and cheated. This is such a shameless ploy that it screams DLC like a huge advertisement. This is an example of game designers holding back content that could easily have gone into the original game. Instead, they chose to hold out and will no doubt release it as DLC for purchase. “Batman Arkham City” is a brilliant game with an albeit short main storyline. But, who cares? You’re Batman! This game’s approach to DLC was pure torture. In the original game map, certain places would be off limits yet in plain view. A pop-up notifies you that you need the “Cat Woman” downloadable content to access this area.

To be clear, all you need is to buy the code that will unlock content that is already on the game you just paid for. The fact is they dangle the locations and trophies in front of you. It’s available if you have the money to pay, that is. I haven’t even broached the subject of simply rubbish DLC. Many first-person shooters fall victim, too. Gamers shell out more cash for the promised new guns and new maps only to be given rehashed old maps and limited new guns. Bethesda, although credited with great DLC for “Shivering Isles,” is also infamous for the horse armor DLC in “Oblivion.” The horse armor practically did nothing except cosmetically change the horse’s appearance. That is something gamers will not soon forget. Overall, I am for DLC when it is done correctly and at a reasonable price. I loved “Dead Money” and the newness it added to “Fallout NV.” I would like to see game publishers take a more responsible approach to the idea of DLC and not treat gamers like a bunch of cash cows who will throw money at them every time they string together a DLC merely for DLC’s sake.

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Preview: MARY CHANNELL Gaming Editor

“Call of Duty: Black Ops II” exposes gamers to a new perception of the future in intense warfare by featuring two connected story lines that will affect your current mission and the whole course of the story. Players will not only have more depth in the “Black Ops” franchise but are introduced to new perks on the online multiplayer. For example, the all-new Create-A-Class has been revamped to a new “pick-10” allocation system that grants players numerous combinations of content. There are

new score streaks, eSports via League Play and, of course, we get an upgrade on weaponry, attachments and equipment. And what is “Call of Duty” without zombies? Well, it’s “Call of Duty” without zombies. But whatever, the point is “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” has to have zombies. Luckily, they love their fans and have given us a Zombie mode that will also be in the infamous map Nuketown. How exciting! You can expect “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” to be released Nov. 13. It will be available on the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC platforms. Don’t worry. “Black Ops II” will fulfill your trigger-happy fingers soon enough. Images courtesy,,,


“Trouble With the Curve” Honestly, I thought Clint Eastwood would have retired by now. I’m glad he did not, since “Trouble With the Curve” shows another more subtle take on his mastery of emotion and depth. He stars alongside Amy Adams as a father trying to reconnect with his daughter, who has sheltered disdain and grievances for his abandoning of her when she was young. Both Eastwood and Adams share a nice father-daughter rapport that translates smoothly to the screen. The pair shares a bond that looks and feels authentic. Although this movie deals with baseball, the father-daughter relationship takes center stage. Further strong support comes with John Goodman and Justin Timberlake as a father figure and new love interest for Adams’ Mickey. Goodman shares a nice rapport with Adams, who has a strong turn as sports agent Pete Klein. Timberlake is one of the few actors to segue from singer status to actor status with

an effortless approach. He was amusing to watch in the popcorn fodder of “Friends With Benefits,” opposite the fun Mila Kunis. He also gave a strong showing in David Fincher’s “The Social Network” as Sean Parker, the mastermind behind Napster, the original site for downloading music illegally. “Trouble With the Curve” works, thanks to the strong lead performances of both Eastwood and Adams. Grade: B “The Bourne Legacy” New secret agent, but same bureaucratic jerks calling the shots. No Matt Damon here, rather Jeremy Renner as the secret agent on the run. I’ve seen this thing five times because of a single solitary scene. While in the Philippines, Rachel Weisz’s Dr. Marta Shearing yells at the top of her lungs for Jeremy Renner’s Aaron to just run. Each time I got goosebumps. Although “The Bourne Legacy” packs a punch, there is still a desire to see Damon show up at some point. Grade: B“Ten Years” Pretty straightforward lightweight fare in this decade high school reunion of friends and acquaintances. This movie basically deals with all those

feelings and predicaments, namely the one that got away. Channing Tatum’s real-life wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum is Jess, the longtime girlfriend he thinks he should propose to. Rosario Dawson is Mary, Jake’s ex from high school who is now married to someone else. Tatum is Jake, essentially the ringleader of a group of friends who have not seen one another for years. Part of the plot deals with Chris Pratt’s Cully apologizing to all the denizens he bullied while in high school. He’s married to Sam (Ari Graynor), who just wants to have a good time and ‘get drunk. Also in the mix are friends Marty (Justin Long) and AJ (Max Minghella), who each had a crush on Anna (Lynn Collins), a local girl who stayed put and raised two kids. Oscar Isaac (“Sucker Punch”) gives a strong turn as Reeves, a music star who finally crosses paths with Kate Mara’s Elise, the one with the red shoes who got away. Grade: B“Finding Nemo 3D” This Pixar release receives the 3D treatment with no changes whatsoever to the original release from 2003.

It is cool seeing the ocean blue on the big screen again, but Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich’s tale of a father searching for his lost son is something to relish on the big screen. Grade: A(Also, last week’s reviews for “Apparition” and “The Possession” did not receive grades. “Apparition” gets a D- while “The Possession” conjures up a C.)

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What to expect when you’re expecting: iPhone 5 Jaron ashley

The 4-inch (diagonal) widescreen display will last approximately eight hours. boasts a higher resolution screen at 1136 x On standby, the new iPhone will last a total 640 and 326 ppi (pixels per inch) of 225 hours. In addition, Apple has fixed the annoying For people constanly on the Internet, it problem of fingerprint smears with a new will last eight hours on 3G and LTE netfingerprint-resistant coating on the screen works and 10 hours on wifi. The new screen will also feature the caYou can now have continuous playback pability of the display of multiple languages of video for 10 hours before the battery will and characters sidie. multaneously. And for music lovers like me, auCamera dio playback will last 40 hours. The iPhone 5’s New apps new camera has The iPhone 5 features two new had an upgrade, apps on the home screen, Pass equipped with panBook and Find my iPhone. orama, 8 mega pix“Pass Book” makes keeping els, 1080p recording boarding passes, movie tickets and at 30 fps (frames per gift cards easier by keeping them second). all in one place, on your phone. There is also a The app will automatically pull up new improved video what’s needed when you need it. stabilization feature. Say you’re at the wmovie theater, The glass lens has and you go to show your ticket. been replaced by a The app will prompt a notification sapphire crystal lens, you can activate, and it will pull up which on the scratch the ticket for scanning. The whole test rating system is system is location-based, so there is second only to diano hassle in finding what you need. mond. “Find my iPhone”, a previously Power and Batdownloadable app, can be pulled tery up from your home computer and The battery life will show the exact location of of the iPhone 5 has your iPhone, should it ever be lost Image credit been significantly The iPhone 5. or stolen. From the computer you increased and with can also remotely delete the data smartphone users that is a big deal. from your phone or send a message to it so While many phones have so much drain you can find it easier. they will only last a few hours, here is a look The latest innovation from Apple hit the at how long the new iPhone battery will last shelves on Friday. It’s available in two colors, while certain applications are open. black with slate and white with silver. AnaWhile talking on the phone, the battery lysts predict 10 million sales the first week.

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It’s about the time of year again when all good tech companies release their new products, Apple being among the top producers. With no new iPhone releases recently, many people speculated on the new features the iPhone 5 would have that would revolutionize the world of technology. As of Sept. 12, those speculations have been put to rest. While no new extremely spectacular changes have been made, we have compiled a list of all the things to expect from Apple’s new flagship product, which was the last that Steve Jobs worked on from its inception to completion before his death. SIM Card The iPhone 5 will feature a completely new Apple-designed nano-SIM card, which is smaller than any SIM card before, so people won’t be able to just buy an iPhone 5 and switch their old SIM card into it. In the United States, two models will be released - one in CDMA format, which actually doesn’t have a SIM card and GSM format, which will host the nano-SIM. Design The phone is slightly larger than the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, but with the same general shape. It is lighter than any model by far, weighing only 3.9 ounces (112 grams) Apple has made the iPhone 5 longer at 4.87 inches. The width is at 2.31 inches and the thickness is a slimming 0.3 inches. Display The iPhone 5 is host to the Apple patented retina display.



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Voter registration deadline is near Editor in Chief

The voting clock is quickly ticking away for the Nov. 6 election. For many Richland students, this election will be their first time to vote in a presidential election. However, it is critical that students register to vote. If you are unsure about your voting status, visit the website

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Students getting registered to vote. Voter registration deadline is Oct. 9.

tion Day voters go to their assigned county voting precinct when voting. A list of the locations can be found at According to the website www.2012presid, the presidential debate on Oct. 3 will focus on domestic policy and the Oct. 22 debate will focus on foreign policy. Richland students and faculty will be able to hear the candidates’ stances on

topics discussed in each debate. It is also a good opportunity for individuals to gain insight about each party and who to vote for. For further information regarding the voting process and candidates on the ballot, students and faculty can visit www.votetexas. gov. The website pamphlets/largepamp.shtml is available for additional voting registration information. • September 25, 2012


vote and click on the link titled “Find out if you are already registered” at the bottom of the page. The link will also provide the voting precinct where the individual is registered. One simple way to register is when renewing or applying for, depending on the individual’s age, a driver’s license. According to, a person is eligible to register if they are at least 17 years and 10 months old. The individual needs to be a United States citizen and Texas resident, with no felony conviction and not declared mentally incompetent under probate jurisdiction. Registration forms are available at public libraries and government offices and can be downloaded from the website www.sos.state. The last day to submit registration applications is Oct. 9. They need to be sent to the voter registrar in the individuals county. Within 30 days of submitting the application, a voter registration certificate will be mailed to the assigned address. Early voting is available Oct. 22 for individuals in person or by mail who meet the requirements. The list of requirements can be found at under “early registration.” On Election Day (Nov. 6) students will need to show the registration certificate to vote. If you happen to forget your certificate, you are still able to vote by showing a driver’s license or any other document that states your name and address. Currently Texas law does not require voters to show a photo ID because it was denied by the courts in March due to the potential for discrimination. It is important to remember that on Elec-


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