Vol. XXXVII, Issue 10, April 2, 2013
A College of the Dallas County Community College District
International soccer on Richland fields Pg. 2
‛Olympus Has Fallen’ review Pg. 4 Supreme Court discusses same-sex marriage Pg. 7
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Richland plays host to Dallas Cup soccer
BLANCA REYES Staff Writer
The 34th edition of the oldest international youth soccer tournament of the United States, the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup, was held last week at Richland College. According to the FC Dallas webpage (www. fcdallas.com), the Dallas Cup began in 1980. Players, coaches and referees not only from the United States but also from 100 countries from six continents have attended. Traditionally, the tournament is held every year from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. Richland soccer coach Sean Worley said he was happy and excited to have the tournament here because of all the talented and well-prepared teams. Worley had the opportunity to witness a few games during this tournament and said he was pleasantly surprised by Japan’s team Wednesday night. “I really enjoyed watching this team playing; they are very skillful,” Worley said. “They were able to beat England’s team. The final score was 2-0.”
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Richland hosted the Dallas Cup March 24-31. The tournament allowed several local and international teams to compete for the title.
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OSL seeking more student activity
LAUREN GRAY Staff Writer
Veteran educator and student resource coordinator Bobbie Harrison has seen hundreds of students filter through Richland during her almost four-decade tenure within the Office of Student Life (OSL). While the demographics of students and their interests have changed, the one thing that remains constant is the idea that “If you feed them, they will come.” Feeding the students, both in mind and body, is what the OSL does best. It’s the department that is responsible for planning extra and co-curricular activities. “We handle all of the activities outside of the classroom that students can get involved in, but at the same time, these are activities that complement instruction,” Harrison said. Harrison and her staff coordinate almost all of the programs and activities that are provided for the Richland community, including guest lecturers and various festivals. In addition to planning programs and activities, the OSL oversees and sponsors all student life clubs, intramural sports, the student government association and campus art galleries, Leadership Richland and the music recital series. “We try to feel the pulse of the student body when planning events by using feedback from faculty and students,” Harrison said. Although the 2012-2013 school year has seen an influx of student clubs and organizations, participation rates haven’t been as high as expected. “Now we have more student organizations than we have ever had and even they struggle to stay alive. High school clubs are much more active than those that are strictly college student clubs,” Harrison said. This is largely due to the fact that the Richland Collegiate High School has a built-in audience during school hours. Although more clubs and organiza-
tions can be found on campus, participation has been low and the OSL has felt the effects of the lack of participation. “We used to have standing-room-only events and now it’s hard to fill a room,” Har-
rison said. To combat this problem, the OSL would like to partner with faculty by having them bring their classes to events. They also plan to add a student activity board to their programming council. By doing this, Harrison hopes to provide more programs that will directly appeal to students to encourage a larger turnout. “Students are always welcome to come by and make suggestions,” she said. “We would love to get students more involved.” The OSL will not let low participation deter it from planning educational community events. Through the OSL, Harrison has spent 38 years whetting the appetites of students through programming and plans to continue nourishing the intellectual souls of many for years to come. In this spirit, Harrison will continue to cultivate students by following the mantra, “If you feed them, they will come.”
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‘Olympus Has Fallen’ takes a plunge RICKY MILLER Staff Writer
I really wanted to like this movie. The premise of “Olympus Has Fallen” was very intriguing, but the end result was less than satisfactory. Director Antoine Fuqua has had a career that has yielded mixed results. Fuqua did a fair job with the Bruce Willis war saga “Tears of the Sun,” but accomplished a fun roller coaster ride with “King Arthur.” I even thought Denzel Washington’s Oscar win for “Training Day” was an unnecessary reward for playing an all-out scumbag. The storyline for “Olympus” centers on Aaron Eckhart’s president Mike Banning facing off against some corrupt North Koreans, including ringleader Kang (Rick Yune, “Die Another Day,” “The Fast and the Furious”). Trying to get another hit under his belt is Gerard Butler, whose career has seen a few too many romantic comedies and not enough all-out action-geared butt-kicking flicks. The last decent action flick I remember him in was Guy Ritchie’s “RockNRolla” in 2008. Irony is also thrown into the mix with Morgan Freeman’s secretary of state role because he becomes commander in chief for a portion of the flick. Freeman was the
Sleek, fast, but full of false promise
leader of the free world in an end-of-theworld disaster flick titled “Deep Impact.” When it comes down to it, I would recommend “Olympus Has Fallen,” but wait for it to show up at the local discount houses. Grade: C+ (Ap Imagecourtesy digitaltrends.com
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Express yourself around the world. This is Microsoft's selling point for Windows 8, its new operating system, which has taken steps to bridge the mobile and home divide. It's among the first operating systems to run not only on desktops and laptops, but also on a smartphone and tablet computer. Microsoft promises a sleek interface, faster boot-ups and they deliver on this promise. When booting up my laptop for the first time, I was greeted with the login screen within seconds. The first thing you're confronted with is the new live tiles start menu. The new start menu is filled with squares and rectangles that update and show you everything from your unread emails to a slideshow of your favorite Internet memes. With the introduction of Windows 8, Microsoft has also brought its app store to the desktop computer. This would be wonderful if they actually had the developers to compete with the Apple app store and Google Play.
There are a host of other differences I found during my time with Windows 8. Among them are the hidden start button, My Computer, and Control Panel icons, and the stealthy screen swipes and interface options. The new interface options allow for quick switching between any of the applications, splitting the screen between two different applications and two off-screen menus in the top corners of the screen. All of these small changes make it feel like a completely new operating system, and for a tablet or phone it's perfect. It's easy to use with a touch screen and more than is expected out of a mobile operating system. I, however, recommend laptop and desktop users shy away from this upgrade, as it feels clunky when you try to navigate with a mouse. And, while the app store has potential, it is extremely limited for desktops, which leave the new application interface options to gather dust. Long story short, stick with Windows 7, and don't upgrade until Microsoft gets its act together. (Ap Imagecourtesy livetiles_win8review.com wowwindows8.com
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Each week, the Division of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts at Richland College presents its Recital Series. All performances are on 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 (April 2): 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Fannin Performance Hall, Room F-102 The Richland Wind Symphony and Chamber Ensembles will perform for the lunchtime crowd,and from 7:30 to 10 p.m. with the String Orchestra. Thursday, April 4: Noon to 2 p.m. Lago Vista Gallery (lower level of the library) Reception for the annual Digital Media Showcase. The exhibition will be available from April 4 to May 2. Tuesday, April 9: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. East Circle Drive (close to the library) Free STD Testing The Dallas County Health and Human Services Sexually Transmitted Disease Mobile Medical Unit will be testing for HIV, chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea. For questions, call 214-500-2968. For more information, call the Richland Health Center at 972-238-6135 or stop by Thunderduck Hall, Room T-110. Friday and Saturday: April 12-13, 7:30 p.m. Fannin Performance Hall “Florescent Pop Dance Concert” Directed by Richland adjunct dance instructor Gina Sawyer, the Richland Dance Company will perform, along with guest artists Leslie Snelson and Giovanni Allen. Snelson is professor of dance at Collin College and Allen, originally from New York City, received his early training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the American Ballet Theater. The concert is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary.
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Starting over with the an iconic franchise is taking a huge risk that could either be successful or go down the tubes. In this reboot of "Tomb Raider," it is a game of its own kind, but leaving the essence of our old, infamous "Tomb Raider" that we all know and love. I would consider this reboot a prelude. I say that because in this version, a younger Lara Croft just finished school and is traveling to her first big adventure, still naive and with a bit of innocence left in her soul. When an unexpected, brutal storm attacks Lara, her team and ship, they become stranded on a mysterious island off the coast of Japan. Lara becomes accustomed to using her instincts to survive the horrors of this island. Being more aware after getting captured that there is more to this island, Lara needs to get to the bottom of it to get off the island and save her friends. While tearing and stumbling through the forest, Lara will also find diaries, relics, GPS parts, weapons, weapon parts and treasure maps for tomb raiding and hunting. It takes
powerful Sun Queen, a survivor is born. This is only the beginning for Lara Croft. My verdict is, buy "Tomb Raider;" it will blow you away and give you an adventure that you have never experienced before. It
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Lara down to the very basics of survival. Diving in more and more into the island, Lara discovers a demented cult that has been stuck on this island and is also trying to leave by any means possible. They use sacrifices to the Sun Queen to try to get off the island and to obtain power from her. Pretty insane, right? "Tomb Raider" uses physics-based gameplay to create a more realistic adventure for players. Also playing with realistic emotions that a normal person would have in this situation, I would find myself screaming a squealing just when Lara would. It made me feel a true connection with her and her emotions. It felt like I was going through it myself but not as drastically when she would get harmed, I couldn't actually feel that. But when I was getting chased by something or someone, she would scream and I would scream with her. Having this experience makes me believe that this is a unique game. One great and very useful perk of this game is that you can fast travel back and forth to the areas you have been through if you missed a relic, journal, tomb, etc. Even if you finished the game, you can still go back. That is really cool. If you are like me, it has to be 100 percent completed. So being brutally beaten up by the environment, crazed occult men and an insane and
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‘Spelling Bee’ finds w – i – n – n – e – r
JOYCE JACKSON Copy Editor
Fannin Performance Hall was transformed into an intellectual battle of the minds between contestants and the audience March 6 in Richland’s production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” The audience was spellbound from beginning to end by the six eccentric spelling bee hopefuls and the three nonchalant adults in charge of the crazed competition. It was nonstop action and laughs from start to finish from the adolescent contestants – with a multitude of colorful clothing, combining plaids and stripes galore, energetic music, acrobatics, dance and an abundance of lively songs by the actors. Director Ricco Fajardo, in his first production at Richland, chose just the right actors to fit each role in this fictitious spelling bee set in a gym at the Putnam County Middle School in Anytown, U.S.A. Each of the hopefuls was introduced through flashbacks, which gave the audience an idea of who they were and why they were there. Four audience members were pre-selected and called on the stage to
sit in the bleachers with the six spunky contestants – to engage in a variety of adolescent craziness. They were: Mary Channell (Richland Chronicle, staffer), Bonnie Lynch, Sarah King and Patrick Moore. All four did well attempting to spell their given words, but eventually they were disqualified, leaving only the six original competitors. One of the two moderators, Rona Lisa Peretti, began the spelling bee with a flashback to the time 22 years ago when she won the bee with the word, “syzygy.” The tall, blond, graceful Peretti, played by Gracie Gonzalez, was now a local realtor and the authoritarian figure in the competition. Jimmy Jensen played the chubby Vice Principal Douglas Panch of Lake Hemingway Dos Passos Junior High School, a substitute who doesn’t really want to be there. Helping the losing contestants off the stage was comfort counselor Mitch Mahoney, played by Ryan Nelson. Nel-
son, with a bouncer’s physique and dressed in black, made the most of his role as an ex-con who’s on parole. Jensen and Gonzalez kept the bee moving but one would imagine it was hard for them to keep from laughing at all the crazy antics of the adolescents. The most entertaining character was William Barfee, played by Sabino Garcia, who really stood out by being the most obnoxious contestant. Garcia kept the audience in stitches by exaggerating a multitude of complaints and insisting that everyone pronounce his name correctly – it’s Barfée, with an accent. What was really funny was the way Garcia wiggled his way across the front of the stage standing up, using his right foot on the floor to spell such words as “lugubrious.” It was his special “Magic Foot” technique. He was always right. Others in the play musical were: Caleb Packer, Kevin Dang, Kelsey Cabell, Giselle Saucedo, Ashley
Mullings and Ryan Nelson. In a montage sequence, each of the wannabe winners progressed through several rounds of words and the remaining contestants were eventually eliminated, except for two – Barfee and Olive. Barfee gets the word, “Weltanschauung,” and spells it correctly without the use of his “magic foot” technique. He therefore wins first prize in the spelling bee. His reward? A large trophy and a $200 cash prize sponsored by Putnam Optometrists. Olive comes in second and the generous vice principal donates $25 out of his own pocket to her, which enabled her to pay the entrance fee for being in the competition. This production of “Putnam County” was great family entertainment. As each contestant was presented with a challenging word, it encouraged the audience to think as well. Some of the words were mind-boggling, but had the audience laughing pretty hard as each contestant either won or lost. There were so many witty lines and outlandish definitions of words that flew by so quickly throughout the musical that if the audience hadn't been really paying attention, they would have missed out on a lot of the humor.
Pronk: Spending addiction disorder, Part 2 RAYMOND THOMAS PRONK Staff Writer
Editor’s note: Part 1 of this opinion article was in the March 12 issue of the Richland Chronicle.
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President Barack Obama has failed to fulfill his pledge to the American people to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. Instead, the deficit doubled to more than $1 trillion for each fiscal year of his first term, thereby adding more than $5 trillion to the national debt. These massive and unprecedented deficits required that the national debt be increased to pay for the government’s out-of-control spending and for Congress to increase the debt ceiling to $16.4 trillion. On Aug. 2, 2011, Obama signed into law the Budget Control Act of 2011. This ended the so-called debt ceiling crisis by increasing the debt-level immediately by $400 billion and allowing Obama to ask for another increase of the ceiling by $500 billion with Congressional approval in the future. The law established the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Debt Reduction, better known as the “super committee,” with the task of reducing the deficit by $1.5 trillion by Dec. 23, 2011. The super committee failed to accomplish its assigned task.
This triggered the sequestration provisions in the law requiring across-the-board cuts in government spending of $1.2 trillion over 10 years with a corresponding increase in the debt-level by $1.2 trillion. Both Democrats and Republicans voted for the sequestration when they passed the law. However, the original idea for sequestration came from White House Congressional Rela-
Progressive liberals from both major national parties lack the will, courage, integrity, wisdom and vision to balance the federal budget. tions Chief Rob Nabors and Budget Director Jack Lew with Obama’s approval. They presented the idea to Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, according to Bob Woodward as documented in his book “The Price of Politics.” On Jan. 31, Congress suspended the borrowing limit or debt ceiling of $16.4 trillion for three months until May 19. By March 1, Congress needed to cut $1.2 trillion from the growth in the Congressional Budget Office baseline for fiscal years 2013 through 2021 or the sequestration would
be triggered. These automatic spending cuts had to come from both discretionary and mandatory spending. Under the sequestration order for fiscal year 2013, signed by Obama on March 1, there needs to be an $85.3 billion cut in growth in federal government budget authority, of which $42.7 billion is defense, $28.7 billion nondefense discretionary, $9.9 billion Medicare and $4 billion other mandatory. For fiscal year 2013, the total federal government spending outlays are estimated to be about $3.8 trillion with estimated total tax revenues of about $2.9 trillion resulting in a deficit of about $901 billion. The sequestration impact for fiscal year 2013 is an estimated $44 billion cut in spending outlays or about 1.4 percent of total federal government spending. The crisis and fear mongering and blame shifting is never-ending, as Congress had to agree to a fiscal year 2013 continuing resolution by March 31. Meanwhile, the U.S. economy is on the verge of another recession with higher unemployment rates and millions more Americans in danger of losing their jobs. The absence of leadership in Washington to budget according to estimated tax receipts and by so doing, to live within the means of the American people, is the core problem. The solution would require the repeal of Congress baseline budgeting process
whereby current spending levels are used to determine future funding requirements by adding increased funding for population growth, inflation and other factors to the current level of spending. The congressional budget baseline process totally ignores estimated tax receipts or revenues as a budgetary constraint. The result is massive, unsustainable deficits. Obama’s new era of responsibility was pure propaganda—prevarication. His age of fiscal insanity and spending addiction disorder continues to destroy jobs, wreck the economy and kill the American dream. Progressive liberals from both major national parties lack the will, courage, integrity, wisdom and vision to balance the federal budget. Truly unbelievable.
Correction In the March 12 issue of the Chronicle (Vol. XXXVII, Issue 9, pg. 6) a letter to the editor from academic adviser Stephen Levine was published. The reference to the column to which Mr. Levine was responding, “Re: “Santa Obama’s $9 Minimum Wage… 3/5/13,” was inadvertently omitted. We regret any confusion or misunderstanding this may have caused.
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Supreme Court decision expected in June REBECCA BANKS Editor in Chief
Last week the Supreme Court began the hearing process regarding same-sex marriage. The two cases presented to the court were Hollingsworth v. Perry challenging California’s Proposition 8 ruling and United States v. Windsor regarding the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). According to www.lambdalegal.org, in 2008 the California Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. A few months later, voters in California approved Proposition 8, which amended the state constitution to recognize "only marriage between a man and a woman." In 2010 the proposition was overturned in fedral court driving California’s controversy regarding same-sex marriage. As a result, the Supreme Court was presented with the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry on March 26. According to audio available at the website www.supremecourt.gov, Charles Cooper began the hearing by submitting statements to maintain the same-sex ban in California, leaving it to voters in each state to determine the legality of marriage. Cooper is the attorney representing Dennis Hollingsworth. In his argument Cooper said, “Marriage is a gendered term and so in the way as fatherhood is gendered. It’s gendered in that sense. The classification of impacts can be viewed as sexual orientation.”
The Supreme Court justices counteracted Cooper’s statements by questioning how a state can “rationally” use sexual orientation as a factor in denying same-sex couples recognition. Theodore Olson, the attorney representing Kristen Perry in the case, argued that California should not have to ability to appoint proponents to a case if both the governor and the attorney general. During the California case, both Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown declined to defend Proposition 8 for the preliminary hearing. The judge on the case, Vaughn Walker, allowed initiated proponents to defend the proposition. Justice Antonin Scalia questioned Olson’s argument by asking, “Who would appoint them, the same governor that didn’t want to defend the plebiscite?” The hearing of the case on March 26 ended with Cooper’s rebuttal argument. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court began the hearing of the United States v. Windsor. According to the webpage www.law.cornell. edu, the case incorporates the Defense of Marriage Act and the federal government not recognizing benefits associated with same-sex marriages. Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer were legally married in Canada and resided in the state of New York. Although New York recognized the couple’s marriage when Spyer died, the IRS denied Windsor any spousal estate tax ex-
ception. Roberta Kaplan, the attorney for Windsor, argued that same-sex couples should be offered the same benefits as opposite sex partners. “I think that the federal government could extend benefits to gay couples to equalize things on a programmatic basis to make things more equal,” said Kaplan. Atty. Gen. General Donald Verrilli, the Solicitor General of the Department of Justice, is representing the United States in the case. In his argument Verrilli said, “We think that wouldn’t raise an equal protection problem like this statute. I don’t think it would raise a federalism problem.” The Supreme Court justices presented their questions about whether Verrilli’s proposal to decline benefits for same-sex marriages created any federal issue. Paul Clement, bipartisan legal adviser for the United States House of Representatives, provided the closing argument identifying the main arguments in each side’s argument. “The democratic process requires people to persuade people … You don’t label them a bigot. You don’t label them as motivated by animus. You persuade them you are right,” According to the website www.supremecourt.gov, the Supreme Court will not have a decision until June. All quotes were contributed by the Supreme Court webpage, www.supremecourt.com.
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