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JFK: A 50-YEAR REMEMBRANCE V.P. Lyndon B. Johnson – This is a sad
time for all people. We have suf-
fered a loss that cannot be weighed. Lee Harvey Oswald – ON Nov. 1 1959, Oswald told the United States Embassy in Moscow he had applied for Soviet citizenship. A 24-year-old man who said two years ago he wanted Rus-
reverberated and blood sprang from the President ‘s face. He fell face downward. His wife clutched his head. Lyndon B. Johnson took over the burdens of the presidency last night. JFK inauguration speech – The quest for peace… the dark powers of science.” Nixon- The assassination of the President is a terrible tragedy Chief Justice Earl Warrren said President Kennedy was assassinated “as a result of the hatred and bitterness that has been injected into the life of our nation by bigots”. Just moments before the shooting, Mrs. Kennedy turned to her husband and said “You cant say Dallas wasn’t friendly to you.” Mr. Kennedy was the first President to die in office since Franklin D. Roosevelt was fatally stricken with a cerebral sian citizenship. Three shots
hemorrhage at Warm Springs, Ga, in 1945. Sir Winston Churchill, former prime minister of Britain, called the
assassination a ‘monstrous act.’
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Memories haunt troubled family in classic
Joyce Jackson Copy Editor
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The glass unicorn figurine in the character Laura’s collection is her favorite in Richland’s production of “The Glass Menagerie.”
other. “I think it has a lot of universal appeal,” she said. “People [in the play] are trying to understand each other and not doing it. They’re missing the point.” Three Richland student actors complete the four-member cast. Cody Samples plays Amanda’s son, Tom, who directly addresses the audience in the first scene and informs them that what follows is his memory of a very specific set of events that took place in his family before he left St. Louis. His job in a warehouse isn’t going anywhere, so he entertains himself by going to the movies way too much. “Because it’s a memory play, we’re trying
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. and are free to the general public. For more information about the series, contact Derrick Logozzo, coordinator of music, at 972-238-6254.
Today: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The Richland College guitar ensemble will perform. Wednesday, Nov. 20: 3:30 to 5 p.m. Young Ambitious Minds Club Kiowa Hall, Room, Room 105 Everyone is welcome at this new Richland club geared toward world and local issues. Thursday - Saturday, Nov. 21-23: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Arena Theater, Fannin Hall The Drama Department presents “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams. This 1930s classic stars Richland students Cody Samples, Kevin Dang and Gisele Saucedo and Dallas actress Mary-Margaret Pyeatt as Amanda Wingfield. It’s the story of specific
events concerning a family. The play is free and open to the public, with matinee performances at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23-24. Friday – Friday, Nov. 22 – Dec. 6 Brazos Gallery Vincent Ramos: Plum Pudding Peanut Island (Gilligan’s Squaw Fire Island II) Exhibit The Brazos Gallery hours are: Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vincent Ramos will be constructing an installation/object-based artist as both an art work in itself and as a stage for a performative action. The exhibition opens Nov. 22 and the performances will take place a various points during its run. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28-29 Thanksgiving Holidays No credit classes.
to go with lighting that’s more evocative and symbolic rather than just practical,” Lush said. “It’s a different experience for the audience. You’re trying to let the people have their own experience about it [the play].” Lush said he would describe the Wingfield family as “dysfunctional.” “Theater is about conflict. You’re seeing the crisis point where something new has to happen,” Lush said. “Things can’t go on the way they’ve been. You’re seeing the explosion, the point right before something new and different is about to happen.” Gisele Saucedo plays Laura, Amanda’s crippled, insecure daughter, whose obsession is to polish her glass menagerie and listen to the phonograph. That is, until she
is faced with the unthinkable – meeting her first gentleman caller, Jim O’Conner, played by Kevin Dang. Saucedo has been seen in Richland’s “The Dining Room” in May. Samples and Dang were recently in Drama Chair Andy Long’s original production of “Fire + Blood: A Vampire Musical.” Lush said he will not be using legends or screens, as opposed to other productions he’s seen of “Glass” around the country. “The Glass Menagerie” will run at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21-23 with two matinees at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 23-24 in the Arena Theater in Fannin Hall. No reservations are necessary and all performances are free and open to the public. The play is recommended for adults.
Angels in the hallways
GABRIEL FLORES Staff Writer
Christmas is approaching and Richland is doing all it can to provide for those less fortunate. If you walk into the office of student life (E-040) you may notice a small tree with cards and names of people you’ve never met. The Angel Tree program is “a way for people who are having a rough time to have a Christmas,” said Jason Barr, student programs specialist. Students have the option of giving gifts to people in need, ranging from young to old, of all races, ethnicities and backgrounds. Richland partners with the Salvation Army, a nonprofit organization committed to providing aid to victims of natural disasters, the homeless and others in need of assistance. The goal is to give gifts based on individual wants and needs. This program is not only at Richland College but several school districts across the nation, and retail stores such as J.C. Penney participate as well.
Each “angel” has a list of items they need like clothes, shoes and school supplies, plus things they want, like toys, sporting goods and books. Participating students are encouraged to give at least one item from each list. The Angel tree program has been a tradition at Richland College. “I’ve been here for four years and they [Richland] have been doing it before I got here” added Barr. The program started on Nov. 1 and ends Dec. 2 and, according to Barr, “Everything we put on the tree is usually gone.” With November coming to a close, sponsorships are still available. Student involvement is optional with no incentives other than the satisfaction of giving. Once all presents have been received, they are immediately given to the Salvation Army and then given to the individual on Christmas day. Students who are interested in giving can go to the Office of Student Life, located in El Paso Hall, room E-040 until Dec. 2. Students can also visit local Salvation Army locations in person to learn more, or try online: www.salvationarmyusa.org.
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Classics never go out of style. That’s certainly true in Richland Theater’s production of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” a highly autobiographical play that most resembles his own life and family members. Set in the 1930s, between World Wars I and II and following the market crash of the Great Depression, this touching story revolves around three family members locked in a complex family drama. Gregory Lush, visiting scholar and director, said when the play begins, there’s a sense of revolution and unrest in the air due to the time period in which the play unfolds. Basically, the plot is about a mother and her two kids, Lush said. He chose Dallas actress Mary-Margaret Pyeatt for the lead role as the domineering mother, Amanda Wingfield, who’s obsessed with getting her daughter a gentleman caller. Pyeatt, who has seen “Glass” but never played Amanda before, has appeared in a number of local productions and also works in commercials, industrials and training films for corporations. Pyeatt describes Amanda as a “Southern belle,” born and raised in Mississippi. She’s working on getting down a Mississippi accent for the intense role with the help of Lush, also a dialect coach. “I think it’s a beautiful play,” Pyeatt said. “Tennessee Williams is one of the best American playwrights we’ve ever had.” Pyeatt said this production of “Glass” will resonate with so many people because it’s about people trying to connect with one an-
Students revisit the past in history project
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History buffs interested in more than just written-word accounts can visit the oral history project in Wichita Hall, room WH-261.
A.M. Stofko Staff Writer
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History lives outside of textbooks, and Richland College student historians are capturing it as part of a nationwide oral history project. Jeneva Chapa, a sophomore biology major, had the opportunity to complete initial interviews with veterans at Edgemere, a retirement community in Dallas, where she volunteers. One resident she spoke with served in both world wars, and she plans to
interview him further for the assignment. Chapa said he was a prisoner of war in Germany in World War II and recalled the mistreatment he and other prisoners received before they were able to escape. “He still has vivid memories of being at war and recalling friends dying,” she said. “It’s interesting to hear his stories.” Chapa said students involved with the project should plan to clear their day. “Talking brings a spark to them,” she said. Residents love sharing their stories, as well as pictures of themselves before and after the war. She said she’s spoken with another resi-
dent who was a pilot stationed in Alaska who would make trips home to his wife -- in Texas. “Not many people have talked to them about their experiences,” Chapa said. “To have lived [the experiences] is different than hearing about it, and it provides an understanding of what happened, what they lived through.” Chapa said she previously completed a similar interview project in high school so she was already familiar with the requirements. However, the stories have had their impact on her as well.
Chapa said she was involved in her high school’s ROTC program and considered joining the Marines to pay for medical school and gain experience as a trauma surgeon. “After hearing their stories, it altered my perspective about joining,” she said. Part of the history class curricula also includes conducting virtual conversations based on previously recorded interviews. Julio Pineda, a sophomore automotive engineering major, “spoke” with Officer Nick McDonald. “What I didn’t know is that [McDonald] was only looking for the guy who shot [Officer] J. D. Tippit,” Pineda said. Oswald shot and killed Tippit after being stopped for questioning. Pineda said it was interesting to learn that McDonald didn’t know Oswald was a suspect in the assassination and that “[McDonald] only knew he was arresting the guy who shot J.D. Tippit.” Both Pineda and Chapa said as part of the project, they’ve also learned more about President John F. Kennedy. Chapa, a Dallas native, said she’s recently revisited the Sixth Floor Museum as an adult. She said after seeing the information and recordings, it was inspiring to see what Kennedy accomplished during his lifetime and his goals as president. She said she also admired his determination to move the country forward and make changes through events like the civil rights movement. “He was a great president with so many promises,” Pineda said. “Valuing life is what I’m learning right now; be best you can.”
Fifty years after the assassination: A personal remembrance steven r. butler Guest Writer
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Many still remember President John F. Kennedy’s fateful visit to Dallas as one of the darkest days in American history.
been an eyewitness to the tragedy. After showering at the end of P.E. class, I got dressed and then went to sit on the bleachers in the gym with some other boys. As before, we talked while waiting for the bell to ring. We were suddenly interrupted by our principal announcing over the school’s public address system that Kennedy had just been shot in downtown Dallas, and then he put the office radio up to the microphone so that the whole school could hear the news reports. When the bell finally rang, the PA system was turned off and we all went to our next class. The usual hallway boisterousness had been replaced by hushed but excited whispering, except for two or three thoughtless youths who ran, almost skipping, through the crowd, shouting insensitive remarks like, “Hooray, I’m glad he got shot!” After the bell rang, signaling the start of
Sound artist presents JFK performance Lou Mallozzi, a Chicago-based sound artist who performs, installs equipment and records, will discuss his work at 3 p.m. Thursday at Richland in Wichita Hall, Room WH-103. Also, Mallozzi will present “Peers” at 6 p.m. Friday at the artist-run space, Beefhaus, at 833 Exposition Avenue in Dallas and will coincide with the exhibition, “The Artists’ Commission” on display at the Gray Matters Gallery. On the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Mallozzi’s per-
formance will be comprised of Lee Harvey Oswald’s statements made from the moment of Kennedy’s assassination until the moment of his death. The 33 minutes of text is recited by 12 people in unison, “A stand-in for the jury Oswald never had.” Mallozzi is on the faculty of the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is also the executive director of the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago. — Joyce Jackson
the next period, our principal allowed us to listen to news broadcasts through the PA system again. At first, all we knew for certain was that the president and Gov. Connally had been shot. I don’t think I was the only one who hoped that they had only been wounded. Then, at about 1:30 p.m., the dreadful news came: The president had been pronounced dead after being rushed to Parkland Hospital. I was shocked to see my teacher, who always seemed to be in control, put her head down on her desk and sob unashamedly. Some of the girls began crying, too. I was stunned and also feeling a little bit guilty, naively wondering if my earlier remark had somehow made it come true. Not surprisingly, our principal dismissed classes early that day, knowing full well that no one, neither students nor teachers, was going to be very focused on schoolwork.
But that was not the end of it. On Sunday morning, while he was being transferred from the Dallas City Jail on Harwood Street to the County Jail near Dealey Plaza, accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was also shot and mortally wounded in full view of witnesses and during a nationally televised news report, by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby. On Monday, which the new president, Lyndon B. Johnson, declared a national day of mourning, I stayed home and watched Kennedy’s funeral on television, live as it happened. It was a sad scene and I was particularly moved when the slain president’s son, little “John-John” as he was called then, dutifully stood and saluted his father’s casket as it rolled past on a horse-drawn caisson to Arlington National Cemetery. For an expanded version of this story, visit www.richlandchronicle.com.
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On Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, I was a 14-yearold high school student in a Dallas suburb. That morning, nearly everyone at school was excitedly talking about President John F. Kennedy’s upcoming visit. It wasn’t every day that a president came to Big D, which despite its popular moniker was then a much smaller city than it is today. Some students, including me, were concerned for Kennedy’s safety. Only a month earlier, in downtown Dallas, Adlai Stevenson, the United States’ U. N. ambassador, had been struck on the head with a picket sign by an angry right-wing protester. Before that, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife were spit upon and cursed by protesters who were unhappy with the Democratic administration’s policies. That morning an ill-advised black-bordered full-page ad, paid for by the “American FactFinding Committee,” appeared in The Dallas Morning News, adding to the apprehension. Remarkably, it accused the man who had seen us safely through the Cuban Missile Crisis only a year earlier of being soft on communism. All these things prompted speculation. “What if he got shot or something?” I said worriedly while conversing with my classmates as we waited for the bell to ring, signaling the end of second period. Those words would soon come back to haunt me. To this day I wish that President Kennedy had come to town on a Saturday or Sunday instead of a weekday. At the age of 14, I was too young and fearful of authority to skip school. If I had been a senior I might have done it. I have also often wished that my father, who worked in downtown Dallas only two or three blocks from the motorcade route, had taken me to work with him that day so that we could see the president together. But he didn’t. He didn’t even take the opportunity to go by himself. He told me later that he had thought about walking over to Dealey Plaza to stand on the railroad bridge that overlooks the area, just out of curiosity, but an anti-Kennedy coworker talked him out of it. If he had done what he originally planned, he would have
‘JFK’ showing in local theaters
RICKY MILLER Entertainment Editor
Matinee idol and flavor-of-the month megastar Kevin Costner steered the ship on “JFK” in 1991. This is Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone’s take on what really happened that fate-
ful autumn afternoon. “JFK” follows New Orleans attorney Jim Garrison (Costner) as he investigates what really happened in Dallas Nov. 22, 1963. As Woody Allen sometimes does, Stone put in “the hot actor of the moment” and geared the storyline for that particular actor. In addition to Costner, Stone assem-
bled a team that included Sissy Spacek, Joe Pesci, Kevin Bacon, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, John Candy, Jack Lemmon, Wayne Knight (TV’s “Seinfeld,” “Jurassic Park”), Michael Rooker (“Days of Thunder”) and Donald Sutherland. Essentially, what Garrison did is put a team together and closely examine the theory of
what really happened. As part of Cinemark’s Classic Series, the movie is showing Wednesday at 2 and 7 p.m. Cinemark tickets are $8.75. AMC is doing the same thing, but tickets are $9.75 for the 2 p.m. showing, while the 7 p.m. screening costs $11.50. Grade: B-
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Kevin Costner, center, plays district attorney Jim Garrison in Oliver Stone’s epic drama “JFK,” along with supporting cast members Michael Rooker, left and Jay O. Sanders. The Oscarwinning movie is being screened at area Cinemark and AMC theaters Wednesday at 2 and 7 p.m.
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Additional conspiracy thrillers…
Here are a few of the other titles that involved cover-ups and the like. “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962) The ultimate conspiracy theory starred Frank Sinatra and Lawrence Harvey. Harvey is Raymond Prentice Shaw, “one of the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human beings I’ve known my entire life.” Angela Lansbury epitomized evil incarnate as Shaw’s mother, Eleanor. One of the earliest movies to show the use of martial arts alongside “Bad Day at Black Rock” (1955). A “The Manchurian Candidate” (2004) Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme
(“The Silence of the Lambs”) shifted the setting from the Korean War to the war in Kuwait here with Meryl Streep’s vicious Eleanor Shaw as the ice queen mother. Both Denzel Washington and Liev Schreiber are solid in their roles, the former his captain in the proceedings. B “The Parallax View” (1974) Probably my favorite Warren Beatty movie alongside “Heaven Can Wait” (1978). Here, Beatty is reporter Joe Frady, who uncovers a major cover-up in the political arena. I’ve said before that director Alan J. Pakula had one of my 100 favorite scenes ever with the parallax test, a sequence involving images ga-
lore in a short time span. A “Winter Kills” (1979) This is an interesting suspense-thriller filled with a deluge of double-crosses and pretzel twists aplenty. Jeff Bridges is the descendant of a president who was assassinated years prior. The supporting cast all give memorable turns, including Anthony Perkins (“Psycho”), Eli Wallach (“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”) and John Huston (“Treasure of the Sierra Madre”). C+ “Conspiracy Theory” (1997) Mel Gibson used to be the biggest star in the world. In this fun ride, he’s a taxicab driver who pines for Julia Roberts’ Alice Sut-
ton. Director Richard Donner had clout after making money for Warner Bros., after the successful “Lethal Weapon” franchise. B“Wag the Dog” (1997) Barry Levinson has made some great movies, this one, “Diner,” “Good Morning Vietnam” and the Oscar-wining “Rain Man.” Robert De Niro is Conrad Bean, who enlists producer Dustin Hoffman to make a fake war on a foreign land. The supporting cast all shine, especially Woody Harrelson, Denis Leary, William H. Macy, Kirsten Dunst and Willie Nelson. A— Ricky Miller
Tenth, 11th and 12th: we are all ‘the doctor’
Happy birthday to the doctor and it’s a big one at that. For those unfamiliar with the television show “Doctor Who,” here’s a quick breakdown. The show follows a time-traveling alien called the doctor and his adventures throughout time and space. The 11th and current doctor (played by Matt Smith) appears in the current season. He emerges as the 11th doctor when the 10th doctor (David Tennant), dies of radiation poisoning. However, the doctor never really dies; just his body. The alien TimeLord has the ability to regenerate, beating death, with a new face, attitude and personality and his only weapons are a sonic screwdriver, his brilliant mind. The man with an unknown name, just a title, the doctor, has lived for over 900 years. He often is accompanied by companions, who jet around the universe, through space and time, almost always trying to save the day. The doctor’s weakness is humans; he sees himself as the protector of the human race. Being the last living TimeLord, it seems that he sees what humans can become and evolve into, given the chance and he will die fighting for them. He already has a number of times. The doctor has a small, square, blue police box made of wood. It is fashioned after a 1963 police box. One day, it just got stuck in that form. It had the ability to adapt to its surroundings. Oh… and you have to know, it is BIGGER on the inside! It is his TARDIS, which stands for Time and Relative Dimension in Space. It is a living machine that transports the doctor, his companions and friends through time and space. She (the TARDIS) does not always bring the doctor where he wants to go, but where he needs to go. A major element of “Doctor Who” is the companions he picks up over his adventures. He will usually pick up somebody with a special quality or a thirst for adventure. The companions provide the shoes for the audience to step into. We go on the adventure with the doctor just like the companions he chooses. At the beginning of the seventh season, lead writer Steven Moffatt created a fiveepisode arc to say goodbye to the 11th doctor’s long-term companions, Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill). Pond’s character is often referred to by the doctor as Amelia and The Girl
In the season finale, the mystery surrounding Clara Oswald is revealed and the battle/fight with The Great Intelligence ends. BBC America’s longest running British sci-fi/drama television series turns the big 5-0 on Saturday. “Doctor Who” premiered Nov. 23, 1963 on BBC One. BBC America celebrates 50 years of “Doctor Who” with “The Day of the Doctor.” The 50th anniversary 75-minute episode will air on global simulcast Saturday on BBC America at 1:50 p.m. with a primetime encore presentation at 6 p.m., according to BBC America’s website. The description of this special is as follows: In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him. The official trailer was released Nov 8.
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In commemoration of “Doctor Who” turning the big 5-0 this month, BBC America will air “The Day of the Doctor” twice on Saturday.
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PETER ALEXANDER HEARNS
Who Waited. Williams’ character is often referred to by the doctor, as Mr. Pond and The Last Centurion. The second half of the seventh season has to do with the doctor’s new companion, Clara Oswald. Oswald’s character is often referred to as The Impossible Girl. She dies in two different episodes trying to help and assist the doctor, but somehow she’s not the same person. How can she possess the power to live again and again? He finds her again in the future, a nanny for a family. The doctor keeps a watchful eye on her as she becomes his new companion. He tries to figure out the mystery that is Clara Oswald. In addition to that, there’s an old enemy from the doctor’s past, The Great Intelligence. Best described on BBC America’s “Doctor Who” website under enemies; the Great Intelligence is a deadly parasite – a malevolent force lacking corporeal form that uses human beings as its servants, sometimes willingly, but often against its victim’s wishes.
Dancers focus on the macabre ALYZZA GONZALES Staff Writer
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Like Greek muses ascending Olympus, Terpsichore came to mind during the “bitten” dance concert Nov. 8. Some of the more interesting things about the dance concert that stood out were the introduction, the music selections, the routine and the costumes. Starting with the costumes; they ranged from simple to dressy. The jackets, designed by Denise Bolaines, from the “Such a Great Liar” piece, gave off a “Rocky Horror” vibe. Then there was a scene in which a group of five dancers stripped away bad clothing as part of a transitional period in life. It came off as letting go or mourning, but it was also beautiful. The look on the dancers’ faces said it all. Another routine, interesting due to the clothing, was a fiery scene that was cute and devilish at the same time. “Vampire” by Gorilla Zoe was one of the songs that took me by surprise. The routine was like street dancing. It was beautiful, sort of like “West Side Story.” In addition, there was the introduction a few weeks prior to this where the dancers put on a show just outside of El Paso Hall. It turned out to be for a video. The introduction and the song reminded one of being home. It was a remix of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence,” but instead, featured a woman’s voice. Both productions gave a greater aesthetic appreciation of all the art world has to offer.
Above: Abbey Perez, left, Michaila Evans, Natalia Dubrov, Liz Nguyen and Natalie Baker dance to “Sacrifice” by Lisa Gerrard and Pieter Bourke. The piece, “Depth” was choreographed by Cheryl Callon.
Left: Michaila Evans, left, and Maria Aguirre dance to “Just Like You Imagined.” The piece was choregraphed by Sunghun Lim. Right: Choreographer and dancer Sunghun Lim does a solo performance titled “Close to the Bone,” with music by Bach, as performed by Yo-Yo Ma.
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Richland choral ensembles lift spirits Staff Writer
Some would suggest that singing and poetry may have come to the human species before speech and prose. Like us, primitive people probably raised their voices in unison to lift their spirits toward the sunlight to ward off darkness and gloom. The same phenomena greeted visitors to Fannin Hall during the noon hour on Nov. 12. Three groups of singers distinguished themselves during the Richland Choral Ensembles Fall Recital and elevated the hearts of young and old. The RichMen Singers, a tuxedo-clad octet of voice-rich gentlemen directed by Jonathan Palant, led off the program with three numbers. Standing four or five feet apart in a semi-circle, there was absolutely no chance of depending upon one’s neighbor for pitch or beat, yet these eight brave guys blended together perfectly. Especially memorable was their double-pianissimo falsetto ending to Mendelssohn’s “Laudate Pueri.” For its final number, Dan Forrest’s “The They also demonstrated their versatility in “Sacramento Sis Joe,” which con- Music of the Living,” the ensemble reartained a hearty mixing of Stephen Foster’s ranged itself on stage by intermingling “Camp Town Races” and a 19th-century singers at random rather than standing songbook selection titled “Sis Joe.” The together in sections. A particularly excitaudience joined in, when invited, by clap- ing visual affect was also achieved by interping in time with the “doo-dahs,” but spersing the tallest guys evenly across the found itself at a loss to equal the surpris- back row. Then the 45 members lustily belted out their song with unusual vigor. ing whistling by the men. An especially interesting thing happened The second ensemble to perform was richlandchronicle.com Ofﬁ Outlets after the final applause@chronicledcccd and the audience the Richland Gospel Choir, directed bycial theChronicle superbly talented Richland favorite, Bori- began leaving. As the singers stepped ana Savova. Although the program was down from the risers, they were greeted by reduced to fit the available noon schedule, their director, who had turned to face them this group of 11 livened the hall by sway- after his last bow. Several of the choristers ing and smiling as they delivered, among exchanged fistbumps with him on their way other pieces, a marvelous rendition of off stage. It was an obvious sign of cama“Baruch Ha Shem,” a Hebrew prayer set raderie and mutual admiration, and it was a to music. Accompanied by Wana Hong on gesture shared by everyone in the audience the violin, this enchanting piece captured who noticed it as well.
The audience joined in, when invited, by clapping in time with the “doo-dahs.”
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the audience’s enthusiastic approval. The Richland Chamber Singers, directed again by Palant, filed on stage last to deliver Psalms I and II of Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms,” a selection that is always an exciting challenge for any choral group. That’s because it calls for precision, careful rehearsal and special attention to its often eccentric rhythms and tones. The day’s performance was aided by Kay Austin, voice instructor, who artfully carried the soloist role normally assigned to a young boy, Alison Reed on harp and Derrick Logozzo, percussion.
Memories of Nov. 22, 1963 “Ok...I don’t know much, but I know where I was when it happened. Something one never forgets, I think. Uncle Keawe and I had just been married exactly five months to the day when it happened.” — Harriet I Kamae
“Well, first you must know I was like 5 years old going on 6? I knew from my parent’s reaction something bad had happened to our president. That was my immersion into politics at the supper table and for decades after. There is an old artillery gun resting in the Veteran’s Cemetery in Fort Defiance. It seems I recall that gun was fired (probably unloaded munition like blanks) in JFK’s memory. It has never been fired again; it is still there.” — Frank Brown
“I was a freshman in high school. I saw two girls crying, I go ‘What’s going on?’ “School is out.”
“I was in Los Angeles, working for General Motors.
“School is out? We’re not suppose to have school out today.”
lunch. We were two immigrants. The supervi-
“President Kennedy was shot in Dallas and he’s dead.”
sor came up and said, ‘Kennedy’s assasinated.’
‘You’re kidding, no. You’re just pulling my leg.’”
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Soccer seasons end at nationals BLANCA REYES Sports Editor
This first half of November, which marks the beginning of the end of the fall semester, has been very active for all Richland students. However, for those who are part of the women’s and men’s soccer team, it has been full of challenges and triumphs. The men’s soccer team flew to Herkimer, N.Y., on Nov. 12 to compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship tournament, scheduled to run Nov. 14-17. The Thunderducks took on Bunker Hill Community College from Charlestown, Mass, on Thursday and came away with a 3-1 victory. “The team played very smart today,” head coach Sean Worley said after the game. That victory was very important because it propelled the Thunderducks into the semifinals. Richland took on Herkimer County College, the NJCAA’s 2011 and 2012 champion, Friday afternoon. Although the Thunderducks had to play against a strong opponent, they trusted their potential. “The team feels very confident that we will play well,” Worley said the night before
that game. Herkimer took the victory, 2-1. The final matches were scheduled for Sunday, when Richland will fight for third place. The men’s soccer team was not Richland’s only team to advance to nationals. The Lady Thunderducks returned recently from N.Y., where they took fifth place in the national championship. Vinson Brown, assistant coach, said that in the first game the team played very well, but the other team, with a style different than Richland’s, took advantage of some confusion, and scored goals. “We wanted to do it, but their soccer style is different. It is more kick and kick and run and we didn’t conform to it,” Brown said. However, in the second and third games the Thunderducks overcame the defeat and won those games in a penalty-kick shootout. Brown explained that even though they took fifth place, they expected more. “Our expectations are high, and our expectations will remain high,” Brown said. “I’m not too happy about it. I think we could be done a lot better than we played,” Aaliyah Jordan, who is playing her first season for Richland, said. Jordan, working toward a business major, said that she is ready and excited for next season.
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The men’s soccer coaching staff includes, from left, Raul Herrera, assistant coach, Sean Worley, head coach, and Chad Deering, assistant coach.
“The team feels very confident that we will play well.” — Coach Worley
“I think we had played a very strong schedule. That’s what we want to do to get prepared for the conference games.” — Coach Foy
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Above: K.D. Moore stops a Planet Athlete Academy bucket. Right: Ismael Donzo keeps the ball away from Planet Athlete.
Richland’s basketball team began the season earlier this month with a game against Lee College from Baytown. Although the Thunderducks didn’t get the victory, they were competitive and played at a high level. The final score was close, 74-72. So far, the team has played five regular-season conference games, winning three. Their last victory was at home against Planet Athlete Academy, 49-37. “We won the last two games. I think we have improved a lot from where we were,” head coach Bill Foy said. Even though the season has just begun, the team knows it is not going to be easy. “I think we had played a very strong schedule. That’s what we want to do to get prepared for the conference games,” Foy said. Foy is looking to schedule as many games as possible to give the team an opportunity to get the most experience possible before the playoffs. However, Foy does not overload the team with too many games because he knows nothing can replace practice. Foy said that, thanks to hard work by the players and coaching staff, the team is much better. For more information visit www.rld.edu/basketball or visit Guadalupe Hall, Room G-120. — Blanca Reyes
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The ball starts bouncing on Richland’s court
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