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SJC is turning 50 in a huge way October 10, 2011

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600 supporters can add up to a great looking human number SJC students, teachers and faculty got together on October 4 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary in a very visual way

By GABRIEL OSBURN San Jacinto Times

San Jacinto College continued to celebrate it's 50 year anniversary this month with a gathering of roughly 600 students from all three campuses to create a giant “Human 50” as part of its ongoing year-long celebration. A lot can happen in 50 years, and San Jac certainly has plenty to celebrate. When it first opened in the fall of 1961, San Jac only had 700 original students and conducted classes out of what was essentially a strip mall.

Today it enrolls more than 29,000 students and continues to expand on all three campus locations and beyond, frequently offering more classes and options to the student community. The “Human 50” ceremony itself had an excellent turn out, with students from all three campuses showing up to get involved and show their school pride. Most, if not all, of the athletics department were in attendance, along with several other groups and clubs and even some old alumni. The whole event was orchestrated by event coordinator and senior graphic designer for the market-

ing department, Josh Wilson, who was 20 or so feet off the ground, strapped into a lift and organizing everyone via bullhorn. Using this new point of view he managed to get everyone adjusted, along with help from volunteers on the ground. Pictures of “The Human 50” should be available at (www.sanjac.edu/anniversary) by clicking the “Photo Gallery” link on the right hand side of the page. Along with events like “The Human 50,” the three campuses of San Jacinto College will be lining up several different functions throughout the

On May 16 around 6:15 pm, Dr. Matkin was making his usual commute home on Spencer Highway going east when out of nowhere he saw a car had blown a stop sign and was crossing three lanes and was heading straight for his lane. The car jumped right in front of him in his lane. Only making things worse, the car was oblivious that he had cut Dr. Matkin off, but the driver was also going a great deal slower the Dr. Matkin’s 2009 Yamaha Royal Star. Dr. Matkin had no time to stop and his bike had only one path and that was the back of this vehicle. As the bike careened to the back of the car, Dr. Matkin careened with it. He flew off the bike flipping and rolling to the side

of the street. He was knocked unconscious and remained in the hospital for five days. He suffered major injuries; he broke his left clavicle, broke three ribs, and bruised a lung. All of this was a result of a person not paying attention. As Dr. Matkin sat across from me with a big smile on his face retelling the story for the hundredth time, I could see the passion in his expressions for the joys of riding. The accident hasn’t stopped Dr. Matkin from riding; he is actually rebuilding his bike, but he does plan to sell it. That instant in his life really made him reflect a little more about his

2011-12 school year. For example, staring this month is the Decades Celebration, with each month representing a different decade in San Jac's history. This month's theme is the 60's, and each month there will be a quiz contest you can enter, with a 50th anniversary t-shirt as a prize. If you answer correctly and your name is drawn at the end of the month, it's yours. Also be sure to check out the volleyball Alumni Match at central campus on the 29th. A calendar list of these events and others is available on San Jac's anniversary website.

Central’s Matkin not going to let accident slow him By CRIS RODRIGUEZ San Jacinto Times

Millions of people ride motorcycles daily. Motorcycles are a culture of their own. One person in particular who we all might know and has a big passion for Motorcycles is our very own President of San Jacinto College Central, Dr. Neil Matkin. Generally when you think of the President of a college you don’t really imagine them riding a motorcycle. Dr. Matkin has been riding motorcycles for over 30 years and has ridden more than 150,000 miles across the U.S. with his family. You can say riding is second nature to Dr. Matkin.

Wonders should be a wonderful new head SJC basketball coach By MIKE VASQUEZ San Jacinto Times

Wonders has 14 years of collegiate coaching experience including several conference titles and one NCAA tournament birth with Lamar University. Coming into this season the obvious question must With rosters changing every year, usually one thing be about the pressures of on this campus was certain. The replacing a living legend. Ravens always knew that coach Scott Gernander would be leading Obviously the style When asked about this Wonders replied, “As far as them on the basketball court. pressure goes it’s yes and no. I Coach Gernander was a legend of play we have learned a lot from coach for this school and the basketball Gernander, and the man is a program. His accolades preceded established the past few legend. There is no way I can him wherever he went. However replace him, I can only apply this year he will not be coaching due to his retirement. seasons has helped us what I learned from him to my style of coaching. All I can do Though he has retired, he took is be me and coach to the best special care in grooming his win. of my ability.” replacement. Like one of those Wonders believes as far as classic movies where the master the play calling goes, they is preparing his student for the must take the if it isn’t broke, day when he will have to take on don’t fix it approach. the role of leader, Gernander has passed the torch on to new head basketball coach “Obviously the style of play we have established the past few seasons has helped us win. Jacob Wonders. PLEASE SEE WONDERS on Page 4

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Dr. Neil Matkin is back in action after a scare.

Professor’s play set to be a smash By HARRISON LEE San Jacinto Times

What’s Past Is Prologue may sound like something intimidating, but rest assured, it isn’t. It’s a long-invested labor of love laced with equal parts Shakespeare and Marlovian lamentations “It began as a series of one-acts I wrote with my sister,” Dr. LeMaster explained. “Among the plotlines involved a time-traveling Shakespeare, but this one stood out.” What is ‘this one’? Dr. David LeMaster’s new play What’s Past Is Prologue can best be described as a simultaneous study/lampooning of all the theories about who may or may not have written the works we all logically attributed to Shakespeare. From there, Prologue gleefully dances into the absurd. “I was trained as an absurdist from the start, which makes things a little more interesting,” Dr. LeMaster volunteered. “There’s a big Shakespeare v. Marlowe debate, and I say who cares?” With his goal of the surreal already in mind, he knew he wanted a very specific picture of the Shakespearan-Marlovian debate. “Being trained as surrealist first, I look at subject matter in the most opaque way possible.” Dr. LeMaster believes that we’ve placed the beloved Bard on too high of a pedestal, and that perhaps irreverent humor is the best way to achieve balance. “I believe Shakespeare is Shakespeare, personally. We focus too much on authorship and too little on the overall work.”

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Gino Sandova (left) Jason Broussard (right), absorb advice from Dr. David LeMaster. Already a prolific writer, Dr. LeMaster says he sometimes go through nearly a thousand words to find three paragraphs. “I like to think of myself as whittling down the stone around what is hopefully a beautiful sculptor. It may sound weird, but I hear every line in advance in my head. I hear the line, I hear the rhythm.” A playwright since high school, he finds it easier than it sounds to get all the dialogue out while still making it entertaining. “It’s a little like music to me, and I consider how everything should flow together. It’s always a labor of love to get the first draft out.” PLEASE SEE PLAY on Page 4


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Life and business were a shuffle that Jobs mastered By HARRISON LEE San Jacinto Times

Having genius is, in a way, being able to know what people need when even they don’t know they need it. Does anyone remember jogging before iPods? Do you remember how you bought music before iTunes? Do you remember how you passed the time in traffic or at the airport before your iPod? I sometimes don’t. In that unique way, Steve Jobs will forever be carved into the memoriam stone of our generation. Even if it wasn’t for regularly reinventing phones and music, I can name at least three Pixar movies that count as life changing. Maybe it was his come from nowhere success story or how, no matter how grave his health, he always seemed to be there to unveil another amazing product. Previous generations had Einstein and his plaid or Niels Bohr and his odd little smirk, but we had the man with the Woodrow Wilson glasses and the black turtleneck sweater who could stand in front of a large projector and make the whole world watch with awe. Beyond presentation skills that could put a PowerPoint program to shame, it was what we didn’t see from Jobs that will probably be his lasting legacy unto the world. He built laboratories and filled them with top minds. He knew how to get these top minds to reinvent their latest masterpieces

with flawless, I daresay, machine-like efficiency.

He had no real training in the fields of technology or industrial design. He wasn’t an engineer. He innovated. Like Tesla, Edison and Schrödinger before him, he would have an idea or concept, get it to perceptible form, then decide it needed to be better. Better should be engraved on Jobs’ tombstone. What made it all better? The continuing reworking and the hype his confidence created were certainly a part of it. He was as much style as he was substance. Evan Chesler, managing partner of the high powered Manhattan-based law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore once said that, “Steve could come in with a crazy idea, take thirty minutes, then have the whole room tripping over themselves to give him money.” After an unhappy semester of college in Portland, Jobs dropped out and spent brief time at then earlyblossoming companies in Silicon Valley named HP and Atari. Jobs was all of 21 when he and Steve

Wozniak started Apple. In this we saw Job’s seemingly natural born gift of seeing sparks of brilliance in others. Wozniak was a self-taught engineer in his amazingly rare talents. It was this gift of humanity-based insight that allowed Jobs to start a twoperson operation that turned into the Apple we know today. The Apple II computer of 1977 illustrated Jobs at his base finest. The innards of the machine were painstakingly designed by Wozniak and were truly amazing. What caused the Apple II to MCT Campus quickly leap to galactic proportions was the outer design. Back then most computers looked like a cross between lab equipment and an aquarium. The Apple II’s case design made people look at computers as something cool, something chic. It was salesmanship at its finest, and Jobs at his. He wanted a bestseller, so he made it look like one. With all the models that followed, Jobs showed the wizardry of hype and promotion. Software architect Bud Tribble deemed it “The Reality Distortion Field.” However autocratic he could be at times, it

seemed to come from an almost noble source. “He wanted you to be great,” said computer scientist Larry Tesler. “And he wanted you to create something that was great.” His speech Stanford University’s 2005 Commencement is a microcosm of the oddly endearing charisma he normally used to display new products. Having been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004, he used the platform to almost casually lay out his thoughts on death. “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life,” Jobs explained to a legion of awe-inspired graduates. “It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.” And yet, for all the drama and all excitement that seemed to surround everything he did, he left the graduates with advice from a book he had received when he had graduated from high school.

able opportunity for a clear-eyed examination of its animal control policies because of simple political fear. Though BARC can be an easy scapegoat, being a large city-run and funded organization, at least it is a no-refusal facility. According to a story posted on Nov. 11 of last year on click2houston.com, the Houston Humane Society, Harris County’s animal shelter and the Houston SPCA, the three other large Houston area animal “shelters,” immediately euthanize pit bulls without giving them even a chance at adoption. This type of breed discrimination is exactly what contributes to the high number of animal executions every year in Houston. The Houston Humane Society defends their decision to treat all pit bulls as deadly by describing them as “ticking time bombs . . . [that] can cause serious damage and even death.” I work part time at a kennel and have played with, walked, and cleaned up after nearly every type of dog that there is, including many Pit Bulls and Pit mixes. Pit Bulls are no more or less dangerous than any other dog of their size. Often they are sweet, obedient, playful, and gentle with their fellow dogs. In fact, I am much more apprehensive around small, white, fluffy breeds such as the Bichon Frise or miniature Poodles, as I have observed that they are more likely to be aggressive due to fear or territorialism. Many of my co-workers and two of my brothers have Pits and Pit mixes, and each one is an undeniable member of the family. Breed discrimination and shelter mismanagement are only part of the problem. In the introduction to Redemption, Winograd states, “We only need to increase the market for shelter pets by three percent in order to eliminate killing.” This means nearly every Houstonian can contribute to solving this problem by simply offering a home to an animal. Before you argue that you don’t have the room, time or money for a pet, allow me to tell you about Poochi Bonaduce. I adopted Poochi from the HSPCA in 2005 for their adoption rate of $65. She

is an adorable 35-pound long-haired black and white mutt of an indeterminate mix of other mutts. Nearly every place from which you adopt will have spayed or neutered the animal prior to adoption, as was the case with Poochi. When I got her, she was not house-trained but it only took about a month to train her in my tiny studio apartment. Today, Poochi is as much a part of my family as any blood relative that I have. I would consider my life to be less full and joyful without her. In return for her undying adoration and attention, I simply walk her three times a day and feed her cheap, dry Kibble twice a day. She barely costs me $300 a year for feeding and veterinary costs; a pittance for what she offers in return. Many dogs like Poochi are low-cost and low maintenance, simply needing a home and a family to care for them. If you are not sure that you want to keep a pet permanently, organizations are always in need of foster homes. Many animal rescue organizations in Houston, such as Scout’s Honor, routinely rescue dogs from BARC in order to place them into foster homes. Scout’s Honor is not a shelter, but it does provide money for vet bills and food costs to individuals that are willing to foster animals. Houston’s animal control problem is enormous, and there is no magic panacea that will cure it. I have not even touched upon the numerous other facets that contribute to the problem, such as evil, greedy backyard breeders, people who are too cheap, lazy, or macho to have their animals spayed or neutered, people’s natural aversion to adopting cats and dogs with black coats, and pet stores that sell cute, overpriced puppies and kittens that would be adopted for a fraction of the price at any shelter in America. I have confidence that Texas’ largest and most influential city can become a no-kill city. You can do little things that will go a long way: donate, volunteer, spay and neuter, foster, and, best of all, adopt. You may just find that an animal has rescued you.

Girls!! You know what I really think? I honestly couldn't care less if you married that dude you've barely been dating. Go mess up your life, it is not my problem! Hah. You didn't act like a friend to me therefore; you are not part of my life. It's not like you've tried to impact my life and be there for me. Marry that guy and when it fails, which I'm sure, I wont be there to wipe your sad tears away, because I'm off doing something with my life when you threw yours away for an idiot. Keep daydreaming about your never going to happen wedding with your bridal magazines, no one cares. My honest bet is that you'll end up paying $40 in court for the marriage license and that'll be the end of that story. How romantic, just like I pictured it! I want to apologize for anything I say in this note, but in all honesty we know it's all true so who are we kidding.” By: Anonymous.

Perfect example on how to be careful with what you say. The girl she was talking about had not seen this note and another note until a month later but once she did, that was the end of their friendship. Maybe that girl was not completely innocent but the girl who posted this note was obviously not thinking about how this would affect her friend. She could have kept it private but she left it out there for all her friends on Facebook to see. It is quite normal for people to want to express their anger, sadness or even happiness to their friends and family because it is definitely not healthy to keep everything in. However, think twice about what you are posting when it is on the Internet. The best way is to just confide in someone you trust but otherwise if you choose to post it on the Internet, make it private so only you or people you trust see it. Unless you want drama, please do not let the world see or know your business.

“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” Now, we will all feel a little different when we grab our iPods for our morning jogs. Maybe that different feeling will be a deeper gratefulness for the figure that brought it to us.

Rescue pets prove that all adoptable animals need is a chance By JACOB KESSINGER San Jacinto Times

What would you say about an organization that willfully used taxpayer money to kill over 200 perfectly adoptable dogs and cats in the Houston area in just the month of August of this year? Would you be outraged, apathetic, or would you argue that there are simply too many animals and not enough homes? Sadly, the “not enough homes” conventional wisdom is exactly what leads the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care [BARC], Houston’s only norefusal animal shelter, to continue to execute dozens and dozens of healthy and/or treatable dogs and cats every month. The institutionalization of Houston’s pet overpopulation myth has resulted in a death sentence for ownerless animals throughout America, especially right here in Houston. These are not violent, aggressive dogs or mangy, rabid cats, but gentle and helpless animals that are ready to become part of a family today, killed because of breed discrimination, ignorance, backward concepts about shelter management/animal control and an apathetic public. There is hope for Texas, though the City of Houston is far behind Austin concerning this matter. On March 11 of this year, voters in Austin voted in a “no-kill” plan that aims to reduce the amount of euthanized animals from its 2010 rate of 32% down to only 10%, including those animals that are too sick or aggressive to be adopted. The standard to be considered a “no-kill” facility is a 90% live release rate, one that Houston facilities are nowhere near approaching. BARC’s rate of euthanized shelter animals for just August this year, despite recent restructuring, was over 55%. More than half of the animals brought to BARC are still being killed. Though these are historically low rates for BARC, the bar

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“Poochi” is a rescue dog. is still far too low. This is the same as if the Post Office, another government-run organization funded by taxpayers, delivered only 45% of the mail that it received. In 2009, according to a Houston Chronicle feature entitled “BARC Sucks,” Houston area animal advocates banded together to raise $8,000 in order to bring in Nathan Winograd, the author of the “Bible” of the no-kill movement entitled Redemption, to assess BARC and release a brutally honest public report. The City of Houston balked at this, and would only allow Winograd access on the condition that the report would not be made public. Winograd naturally refused to agree to such a condition, and Houston lost a valu-

Facebook addiction often less of a high and more of a downer By KRISTINA TAYLOR San Jacinto Times

In today’s world, people are easily able to interact with family and friends throughout the day because of the technology we have. Many who have cell phones have Internet and are able to get on Facebook, Twitter, E-mail and Blogs: anything to keep communication even on a busy day. Blogs are a very useful way to talk about issues going on in people’s lives and the world, along with being a good way to vent about something on your mind. A lot of people, however, do not realize the consequences when posting something on the Internet. When you are mad and in the heat of the moment, some people will just need to let out what is on their mind. Many will do this with Facebook statuses or

notes and it is not always the smartest thing to do. I have had times where I have been tempted to and my guess is that everyone has done this at one point in time. For instance, two people I know of were having some issues and one of these girls had posted a note on Facebook talking about her:

“Want to hear a funny story? So there's this girl who supposedly my best friend who obsessed with her boyfriend, you know how that goes right? Well it's funny, I was babysitting and she walks in with her boytoy says "oh hey!" and walks into to her room with him, doesn't say ANYTHING else to me. I haven't seen her in WEEKS. I haven't talked to her in WEEKS. She just walks away, laughing in there talking loud like it’s a comedy club in there. Then leaves in five minutes with him. She shuts the front door, then reopens it and is like "BYE!" Ugh, EDITORS

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Around campus Espanol Norte

Lunes, Octubre 10

• Reclutador para transferencia a UH Downtown, 10 a.m., lobby del centro estu diantil • Junta del club de Psicologia, 1:30 p.m., Burleson C1038

Martes, Octubre 11 • Reclutador para transferencia a UH Downtown, 10 a.m., lobby del centro estu diantil • Junta del club de Psicologia, 1:30 p.m., Burleson C1038

Miercoles, Octubre 12 • Mes de reconcimiento de violencia domestica, 9 a.m., Lobby del centro estudiantil

Jueves, Octubre 13 • Reclutardor para transferencia a la univer sidad de Dallas Baptist, 9 a.m., Lobby del centro estudiantil • Junta del club de Anime, 2 p.m., Brightwell A1025

Viernes, Octubre 14 • Junta del club de ciencias, 12 p.m., ADMN B2101

Sabado, Octubre 15 • No hay actividades

Central Lunes, Octubre 10 • Juego de Think Fast (Gratis para todos estudiantes), 11:30 a.m., Raven Cafe

Martes, Octubre 11 • Junta de GSA, 2:30 p.m., CADM 204

Miercoles, Octubre 12 • Junta de republicanos del colegio, 10:30 a.m., ADM W218A • Evento de Zumba pare el reconocimiento del cancer de mama, 11 a.m., Centro Estudiantil • Junta de republicanos del colegio 1 p.m., ADM W218A

Jueves, Octubre 13 • Visita del campus de UHCL, 9:15 a.m., ofici na de servicios de inscripcion

Viernes, Octubre 14 • Junta de Phi Theta Kappa, 10:30 a.m., ILC 230 • Junta de SGA, 11:30 a.m., ILC 155 • Junta de LASO, 12:30 p.m., C3.204

Sabado, Octubre 15 • Junta de la sociedad de Juegos, 10 a.m., primer piso del centro studiantil

Domingo, Octubre 16 • No hay actividades

Lunes, Octubre 17 • Junta del club catolico, 10:30 a.m., ADM E202

Sur Lunes, Octubre 10 • Junta de artes maciales mixtas, 6:30 p.m., Gym 6120

Martes, Octubre 11 • Juego de Think Fast (Gratis para todos estudiantes), 11:30 a.m., atrio • Junta del asociacion de la biblia estudiantil, 11:30 a.m., cuarto de juegos

Miercoles, Octubre 12 • Junta de las empresas del gremio, 3:30 p.m., 2141

Jueves, Octubre 13 • Junta de las empresas del gremio, 3:30 p.m., 2141

Viernes, Octubre 14 • Junta de Phi Theta Kappa, 1 p.m., 2209

Sabado, Octubre 15 • No hay actividades

Domingo, Octubre 16 • No hay actividades

Lunes, Octubre 17 • No hay actividades

UT and A&M bound by fate By CHRIS SHELTON San Jacinto Times

Gordon Gekko would feel right at home in the current college football landscape. Greed and self-interest are not only accepted but are now commonplace, leaving fans the loser. Traditions have been trampled by the mentality of individuals who do not have the best interest of college football at heart. College Football is the only sport where grandchildren and grandfathers hate the same rivals equally. Five year olds in Auburn, Alabama hate the color of Crimson just as much as their 80-yearold great-grandfather did in the 1960s. Many colleges are located in rural areas where the entire economy is predicated on the success of the school. Most inhabitants of college towns are either alumni or their living is in some way affected by the University. These factors are conducive to engrained rivalries and fans immersed in the intricacies of their team because of the immense tentacles of connectivity. The passion, vigor and hatred of rival that fans exude are what elevate college football to its current level of popularity. Stripping rivalries for short-term gains, as proponents of conference realignment are willing to do, will greatly reduce the hatred that brings 100,000 to the Big House in Ann Arbor to watch Michigan take on The Ohio State University every year. Texas versus Texas A&M is a Thanksgiving tradition that will probably cease and it is all thanks to money and jealousy. Following this football season, there is no commitment to continue their playing relationship. Reports say that A&M wants to continue the rivalry as a nonconference game, while Texas is currently noncommittal. The Longhorn Network and unequal money split are the divergent boundaries that set the split in motion. Though there is opposing fodder concerning the inherent unfairness of the newly minted Network, this matchup should never be split. There is no excuse, on either side, for a compromise not to have been met. A&M has decided to move to the SEC, College

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Football’s toughest conference, leaving the solvency of the Big 12 in serious peril. UT is desperately trying to keep a failing conference taped together at the seams after several top programs have bolted, i.e. Nebraska and A&M. The Big 12’s legitimacy in the long run is in question and lead to UT’s underlying resentment. Leading Oklahoma to have cognizant thoughts of splitting its marriage with UT and jetting for the Pac 12 super conference. What is October football if the Cotton Bowl is not filled to the brim with a sea of Crimson on one side and Burnt Orange dominating the other? The ghost of Bobby Lane, the imposing shadows of Vince Young, Sam Bradford and other greats of the series should take a stand against the tarnishing of the rivalries their efforts helped craft. At the risk of sounding nonprogressive or rudimentary, should 100 years of history be flushed down the toilet for a new system while the status quo has fans satisfied? Conference realignment offers the greedy Robber Barons, or Athletic Directors, the ability to earn more network dollars so they can increase their bids to sign star quarterbacks illegally. So in the blink of an eye the endearing quality which separates college football, its history and our passion for it, can be ripped and stampeded with lame attempts to manufacture rivalries. The essence of heated rivalries is time coupled with wins and losses by both participating parties. Father time cannot be faked. UT fans cannot muster the same hate they have for Oklahoma and cross apply it to BYU. By the same token, there is a part of UT fans that know they will miss annual matchups with A&M, even if they are too proud to admit it. A&M will make more money by moving to the SEC; the UT Network will print money for the institution while fans will suffer the loss of a storied tradition. Shia Labeouf’s character in Wall Street and the American populace saw the systemic effects of greed in 2008. As Americans with our unique history, it is owed it to college football fans to take heed to history and correct their degradative path.

Make boring classes history By MIKE VASQUEZ San Jacinto Times

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As students we all have the classes that we are taking just as basic courses. Math, Science, English Composition, Government, and yes the dreaded History. But what if someone told you that history was something that could come alive? What if your class room was transformed every time you went to class? Would you want to take that course? For those incoming Freshmen or Sophomores, American History Since 1877, 1302 is a class that can be an adventure back in time if you take the right instructor. His name is Kearby Lyde and his class is offered at the South Campus. From your first day to your final exam this class will keep you on the edge of your seat. Imagine taking tests while listening to machine gun fire just to prove how crazy D-Day really was. While others are sleeping or doodling in their history classes, you will be immersed in what ever point in time you are studying. His specialty is World War II but his vast knowledge of history and passion for teaching stretch through the whole semester. History comes alive through readings of

actual journals, parts of shrapnel from bombs found in Europe from WWII, and even film clips from movies that he deems accurate for that time period. Professor Lyde is always willing to help his students and offers opportunities for extra credit if your struggling with his class. His tests are based on vocabulary and a book you have to read as well. He even offers an over seas trip to students who are interested. This class is one of those classes that changed my outlook on education. He taught me more than history, he taught me how to study the correct way and apply concepts to the reading material. This has helped me tremendously in my college career and the same can happen to you if you choose him for your History class. History will be as exciting as your professor allows it to be. This class transforms the very class room you sit in and enhances your learning experience. it is the type of class that will make you drive up to class on a lazy day just so you wont miss something professor Lyde shows that day. If you’re looking for a way to make your basics fun this class definitely fits the bill.

Novelist Johnson coming to North campus Oct. 12 By ASHLEY CRUZ San Jacinto Times

Novelist Mat Johnson will appear at San Jacinto College, North Campus on Oct. 12. Mat is a professor in the University of Houston Creative Writing Program and is the author of seven books. Mat’s appearance will be in the Monument Room from 10am-12:30pm. During this time he will read from his most recent novel, answer questions from the audience, be available for book signing, and

teach a seminar on The Graphic Novel. Mat will be reading from Pym, his most recent novel, which was released this past March. Pym, as well as Mat’s graphic novel Incognegro, will be available for purchase and signing during his visit. The North campus’ Lit’s Alive Program, Student Services Office, and Campus President, Dr. Allatia Harris, made this special appearance possible. They extend their invitation to all faculty, students, and members of the community.

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October 10, 2011 San Jacinto Times • Page 3

8 DAYS A WEEK North

Monday, October 10

• UH Downtown Transfer Recruiter, 10 a.m., Student Center Lobby • Psychology Club Meeting, 1:30 p.m., Burleson C1038

Tuesday, October 11 • UH Main Campus Transfer Recruiter, 10 a.m., Student Center Lobby • Psychology Club Meeting, 1:30 p.m., Burleson C1038

Wednesday, October 12 • Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resource Table, 9 a.m., Student Center Lobby

Thursday, October 13 • Dallas Baptist University Transfer Recruiter, 9 a.m., Student Center Lobby • Anime Club Meeting, 2 p.m., Brightwell A1025

Friday, October 14 • Science Club Meeting, 12 p.m., ADMN B2101

Saturday, October 15 • No Scheduled Activities

Sunday, October 16 • No Scheduled Activities

Monday, October 17 • UH Downtown Transfer Recruiter, 2 p.m., Student Center Lobby

Central

Monday, October 10

• Think Fast Game Show (FREE for all Students), 11:30 a.m., Raven Cafe’

Tuesday, October 11 • GSA Meeting, 2:30 p.m., CADM 204

Wednesday, October 12 • College Republicans Meeting, 10:30 a.m., ADM W218A • Zumba Event for Breast Cancer Awareness, 11 a.m., Student Center Middle Lounge • College Republicans Meeting, 1 p.m., ADM W218A

Thursday, October 13 • UHCL Campus Visit, 9:15 a.m., Enrollment Services Office

Friday, October 14 • Phi Theta Kappa Meeting, 10:30 a.m., ILC 230 • SGA Meeting, 11:30 a.m., ILC 155 • LASO Meeting, 12:30 p.m., C3.204

Saturday, October 15 • Gaming Society Meeting, 10 a.m., Student Center 1st Floor

Sunday, October 16 • No Scheduled Activities

Monday, October 17

South

• Catholic Club Meeting, 10:30 a.m., ADM E202

Monday, October 10

• Game Enterprise Guild Meeting, 3:30 p.m., 2141 • Mixed Martial Arts Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Gym 6120

Tuesday, October 11 • Think Fast Game Show, 11:30 a.m., Atrium • Student Bible Fellowship Meeting, 11:30 a.m., Game Room • Game Enterprise Guild Meeting, 3:30 p.m., 2141

Wednesday, October 12 • Game Enterprise Guild Meeting, 3:30 p.m., 2141

Thursday, October 13 • Game Enterprise Guild Meeting, 3:30 p.m., 2141

Friday, October 14 • Phi Theta Kappa Meeting, 1 p.m., 2209

Saturday, October 15 • No Scheduled Activities

Sunday, October 16 • No Scheduled Activities

Monday, October 17 • No Scheduled Activities


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October 10, 2011 San Jacinto Times • Page 4

PLAY

Continued from Page 1 As far as goals go, Prologue has lead a very evolved life. “It started as a singular part of a One-Act play, but I could tell that this one was special. I write a lot and throw away a bundle, I have too many rewrites to count.� Once deciding on Prologue as a standalone, Dr. LeMaster was able to center his ambitions for his latest work. “It’s a study of language, and I try to show that the words matter most, not conspiracy theories. For some reason, we can’t accept that one person wrote all those plays and sonnets.� Dr. LeMaster said. “I look at it like The Marx Brothers, using entertainment to poke fun at a fairly mundane concept. It’s the Theater Of Cruelty to quote Artaud. It has to be do with tearing down the status quo and authority in the name of the truth.� Comedy and philosophical inspirations aside, Dr. LeMaster feels that it’s a little akin to lampooning on the spiritual level. “Shakespeare is so popular he’s almost a religion unto himself.�

MATKIN

Continued from Page 1 own life and reevaluate his every day choices. Riding is the world to Dr. Matkin, but he did go on to say “I want to live to be 170 and not by getting lucky.� The big city makes riding motorcycles more difficult and presents a lot of danger. There is no real way to completely avoid accidents they happen in a flash and most of time you cannot do anything to stop it.� Dr. Matkin offered a small bit of advice to the student population that commutes by motorcycle: “Do not underestimate safety equipment; also always drive defensively. Do not be in hurry.� His helmet and hands can attest to the importance of safety gear. His helmet is scarred all the way around the brim from where his head was rolling across the ground. If he was not wearing his helmet his injuries would have been much worse. Since his hands were not so lucky he simply decided to not slip on his gloves since he was only going a short distance. His hands will forever tell the story of that day, although the scarring has gone down the skin tone difference will remain.

WONDERS

Continued from Page 1 So we just have to continue working hard and buying into the system. I’m a firm believer that hard work pays off. If we can be consistent in our work ethic and play, it will all pay off in the games.� With becoming a new head coach, the daunting task of hiring a staff can sometimes be mind boggling. This was not the case for coach wonders. His two new hires include two coaches he is already very familiar with, both Scott Gernander, Jr. and Albert Talley, Jr. have been added to his staff. Scott, Jr. is the son of legendary former coach Gernander and worked on his father’s staff with

It’s always a good time for the perpetual power of positivity

Even a brief case of Writer’s Block couldn’t stop Prologue. “The best cure is a deadline.� Dr. LeMaster knowingly advised. With the play debuting on October 18 for the American By ASHLEY CRUZ College Theatre Festival, Dr. LeMaster is confident that his latSan Jacinto Times est work will reflect very well on San Jacinto. “I feel that this is a great way to get our best foot forward. I’m very proud of Dear Friend, what we’ve been able to do here. We’re going to have the best It has been years show we can possibly have.� since you attended His advice to students and other potential viewers of What’s school, yet here you Past Is Prologue is to come with an open mind. “Students conare again. The semesstantly seem to find themselves intimidated by Shakespeare. I ter is moving quickly think too many are introduced to him too early, and not in the has proven to be and right way. It should never be in word only; it needs to be challenging. You don’t give up though. I brought to life. Shakespeare wrote his plays for them to be pertruly admire how hard working you are. formed, not just read.� Please don’t give up. You are an inspiration to people around you whether you realize it or not. I know some are extremely discouraging or difficult. Don’t lose sight of what has motivated you to come back, no matter how difficult the journey. It will be worth it. Dr. Matkin has fully recovered and will continue to ride. Dr. Sincerely, Matkin’s story is one of moving forward and not letting an Ashley event like this stop you from doing what you love, but If you are in the 25+ group of students who are returning to school after a few approaching what you love with more caution and care. Motorcycles are amazing machines that will capture your years or even decades of being out of heart and make you want to keep riding forever. The feel of school, you are not alone. San Jacinto the engine roaring underneath you and the wind-blowing pass College has 4,850 at the Central Campus alone. We believe in you and you brings out the adventurous side in most. “I would never want to discourage any one from riding a we are here to help you. It is not an easy motorcycle, it is an experience that I believe everyone should task to balance family, work, school, and all the hurdles of life. Kaye Moon try,� Dr. Matkin said. Dr. Matkin had many stories of people he has ridden with Winters understands this and has foundand people that ride that you would never associate with the ed N2L (Never Too Late) to make sure you have all the help and support you overall motorcycle culture. need during this journey. Every day He did have one quote that summed up his experience� about 80 people who come through to “The motorcycle is a jealous mistress. Take your mind off of utilize the N2L lounge located at he cenher and she’ll drop you to the ground.� tral campus. Any questions about N2L

coach Wonders. “His basketball IQ is amazing . He’s the kind of offensive mind that as a head coach makes your job easier when it comes to executing plays. I’m very lucky to have him on my staff�, said Wonders. Talley was discovered long ago by Wonders as an opposing player he had to coach against. When asked about him wonders had this to say, “Talley was a hard nosed, grinder kind of player. He was always around the ball and was always making hustle plays. He had that motor that you can’t coach. As a coach he brings that expectation of his players to

can be directed to: N2L@SJCD.EDU or call at (281) 998-6150 Ext 1079. If you want to encourage someone or have any questions/comments, please email me at cruz.a5643@student.sanjac.edu. “Don’t get discouraged. Even if classes don’t go exactly as you wanted, don’t get discouraged. Stick with it.� ~Larry

“Returning to school shouldn’t feel intimidating or embarrassing. You’re setting out to equip yourself with an education that will serve as a base for a career in the future, it is every bit worth the investment.� ~Joshua “I have a lot of respect for you all returning to school and balancing life, family, work, etc. Thank you for setting such a great example to myself and others around you. Seeing you work so hard reminds me how valuable getting an education is and makes me want to work harder to accomplish my goals and dreams.� ~Ashley “When one has the desire and opportunity to return to the academic world they should do it. It is rewarding on so many levels, including financially. Plus, it’s always nice to know you can still compete on the level of the younger folks.� ~Levi

have that same motor, and that is extremely valuable.� “Both these hires were no brainers for me. These guys are amazing coaches in their own right and bring exactly what Im looking for in assistant coaches. They both know what it takes to win in this division.� Though this may be his first season as the head coach, Wonders is more than qualified. Though one legend’s final page has already been written, perhaps a new one will begin this season, for now we can only wonder.

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Entertainment/Reviews

The Devil Wears Prada; not just a movie

By GREG STARKS San Jacinto Times

First and foremost, The Devil Wears Prada is the best band that I know of (currently). They release nothing but masterpieces of the metal persuasion, and I feel that they will continue proving me correct for a long time to come. For those who are unfamiliar with TDWP, they are a Christian Metalcore(a mix of traditional heavy metal and hardcore punk) band from Denton, Ohio and they rock socks right off people’s feet. If you like the heavier side of things in the music industry, and have never heard an album or EP from them, then you need to enlighten yourself as soon as possible. They are hands down the best “heavy” or “hard” band releasing music today. They have an incredibly unique blend of styles that create something completely different to anything else that is out in the metal world. They are a six-piece outfit that consists of the typical bass, drums, lead and rhythm guitar, and a singer, but the two guitar players also sing and they have programmer which plays the piano, synthesizer, and keyboards. I think their sound is really defined by the multiple vocal roles the members play as well as having the pro-

grammer accompanying them with lots of little audible nuances. Dead Throne is their fourth full-length studio release and it grabs your attention from second one. All of the tracks are reccomendable to someone who is unfamiliar with their work. They span the gap from anger and aggression to sadness and misery all while having an energy that will drive you out of your mind Throne seems to be less comedic than their previous works such as, Plagues and With Roots Above and Branches Below. The track names on Dead Throne are concise and short, while the prior titles were tongue-in-cheek phrases and riddled with inside jokes and puns. I feel like if I could only have one metal album to listen to for the rest of my life when I was really angry or frustrated, Dead Throne would have to be it. While that might sound cliché, once you listen to this record and truly appreciate what a metal album should and could be, I feel quite confident that you will agree with me. I cannot say that one or two of the tracks stand out to me more than any of the others. What I can say, is that this is an A+ album and you need to open up your ears and pour Dead Throne into them as fast as possible because it is the best metal album that has been released this year, or any year for that matter.

Ruining It For Everyone ruins it for no one By GREG STARKS San Jacinto Times

Iwrestledabearonce(yes, that is how it is supposed to be printed) get heir name from a Gary Busey story, and are mainly considered metalcore(a mix of traditional metal and hardcore punk) or grindcore(an incredibly fast paced hybrid of metal and punk) but they escape being categorized in my book by jumping more genres in a single song than any other band in the history of the music industry. They throw everything into Ruining It For Everyone from blastbeats(as fast as you can possibly play) to old-school rhythm and blues, and almost every other type of music you can think of. Iwrestledabearonce has a sound as unique as a fingerprint. There is no other band that even comes close to what these guys(and gal) are releasing. Every single song sounds completely different than the one that preceded it. They can go from a mainly electro-pop song to an incredibly sorrowful and haunting sound-scape in the time it

takes to count a single beat at 150 bpm(beats per minute). The band has two singers, the main one being Krysta Cameron, who sounds a lot like Amy Lee from Evanessence. She cites Bjork as being one of her biggest influences, and it comes through the speakers, that is for sure. The other singer is the drummer Mike Montgomery. The fact that he plays drums and sings is a feat in itself, and considering the beats that he is playing while he sings. Ruining It For Everyone is a stand-alone gem in this years miasma of metal releases. Along with a small handful of other albums, it is what metal can, and should sound like. The album itself is great, there is not a lot of lulls in the brutality, and yet, it is not all 100% blast-beats and screaming. They balance their poly-genre sound very well and keep it from turning into an audible Jackson Pollock painting(if you do not know who that is, drop your art teacher's class). I give this an A solely on its sheer originality, but I would also give it an A on it's absolute sonic brutality and intense energy for a metal album.

October 10, 2011 San Jacinto Times • Page 5

Concert calendar

Oct. 10

Death Cab for Cutie, Telekinesis- Verizon Wireless Theatre Dark Dark Dark, A Hawk and Hacksaw- Warehouse Live Dirty Heads, Potbelly- Scout Bar Oct. 11

Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid- Warehouse Live Dolly Parton- Verizon Wireless Theatre

Oct. 12

Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull- Toyota Center Bela Fleck & The Flecktones- House Of Blues New Found Glory, Man Overboard- Fitzgeralds Kevin Devine, An Horse, The Rocketboys- Fitzgeralds Joe Walsh, Kenny Wayne Shepard Band- Verizon Wireless Theatre The Airborne Toxic Event, The Drowning- Warehouse Live Oct. 13

Black Angels, Dead Meadow- Fitzgeralds The Rapture, Poolside- Warehouse Oct. 14

Chris Tucker (Comedian)- Verizon Wireless Theatre

Oct. 15 Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Black Label Society- Cynthia Woods-Mitchell Pavilion The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus- Scout Bar Charlie Wilson, Fantasia, KEM, El Debarge- Reliant Arena Oct. 16 Peter Frampton- House Of Blues Chris Brown, T-Pain, Tyga, Kelly Rowland- Cynthia Woods-Mitchel Pavilion Japanther, Muhammadali, Giant Princess- Mangos

Hopefully for fans of All Shall Perish, their music and albums will never end By GREG STARKS San Jacinto Times

Oakland, California natives, and technical deathcore(that is a mix of death metal and hardcore punk) masters, All Shall Perish unleash the brutality again with their fourth studio album from the label Nuclear Blast, This Is Where It Ends. The album starts off strong with Divine Illusion, a blast-beat blitzkrieg that does not stop pounding your speakers until the final breakdown carries you out with an infectious head-bobber of an ending. The whole record keeps the pace up mostly above 120 bpm(beats per minute)throughout, and has

some surprisingly light interludes mixed in showcasing the incredible range of the guitar players. All Shall Perish has some of the most grooving breakdowns in the metal world. They use lots of palm muting (when the guitar player slightly rests his palm on the strings near the bridge to muffle the sound) and complex lead guitar riffs that give them a signature sound of relentlessness and technicality. While most metal bands have lyrics that are unintelligible due to the vocals being screamed and distorted, Hernan Hermida does a great job of sounding really aggressive and still keeping what he says audible. In the closing track Nobleza En Exilio he even sings “en espanol”, if you can call it “singing”.

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He does both the shrill screaming as well as the guttural growls that create the true sound of “death” metal, and writes mainly about government control and fascism. Two things I know I dislike, as well as 99.9% of the metal-head population. The band’s past two albums have actually charted in the Billboard 200, believe it or not. Their previous album Awaken The Dreamers (which is also a phenomenal record), peaked at #126 in 2008, and This Is Where It Ends reached #50 this year upon its release in July of this year. If that does not make you at least want to see what All Shall Perish is about, I do not know what will. All Shall Perish is in the exclusive club of amazing

metal bands that have not gone the way of the dodo. The metal scene is competitive and most bands end up just being a splash in the proverbial pond, but they have has shown over the past nine years that they can keep releasing great music.

This Is Where It Ends is a great record and it deserves an A in all aspects of what a metal album should be. If you have never heard a metal album, this might be a good starting point. It has the hard, driving riffs of deathmetal as well as the lighter side of things that perhaps an unfamiliar metal newcomer can find appealing. So get up and find this record however you can (legal means only).


Around campus

You can look as good as Kim Kardashian with tips to glam up cheap

October 10, 2011 San Jacinto Times • Page 6

The 50th Anniversary photo a golden memory for San Jac

SJC during the early years was much less glamorous than it is today.

Kim Kardashian is not the only person who can look good.

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By MIRANDA JENKINS San Jacinto Times

Fashionista Kim Kardashian is often seen on the red carpet glammed up to the nines with bombshell make-up and hair, while most often wearing bandaged dresses with plunging necklines. Although when Kim dresses off the red carpet she prefers to wear layers and favors fitted blazers and thigh high boots. Whether she is on the carpet or not the glam is not forgotten and now you can make a similar statement by stealing Kim’s look for less. This fabulous black, 4-pocket bomber jacket can be found at Agaci for only $29.50. Underneath the jacket is a dark grey, cheetah print camisole from Wet Seal currently on sale for $11.99, paired with a dark denim wash skinny jean from Forever 21 for only $29.80. The skinny fit is perfect for tucking into the round toe, thigh high boots from Charlotte Russe similar to those that Kim is wearing. The boots are 22” long and are a steal at $45.50. Accessorize with square-rimmed sunglasses for $5.80 and a bronze studded watch for $14.80 both from Forever 21. Top the look off with an Aldo, faux leather handbag for $50.00 and your outfit is complete. Be sure to pick pieces that are similar to the ones listed, but still reflect your own individual style. Personalize the outfit with a signature combination of make-up and hairstyle, and tweak it with a few of your own accessories from home. Happy shopping!

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A movie you should see

This past weekend my cousin, boyfriend, and I went to watch Courageous. The theater was filled with an audience laughing, crying, in suspense, and being inspired. I confidently say Courageous is one of my new favorites. Courageous is Sherwood Films newest movie production. Sherwood Films is a ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. Many have reservations about seeing Christian movies because they can be irrelative, too “religious”, or just plain cheesy. Sadly this has been true of many Christian films, however Christian directors over the past several years have been changing that status. Three things I liked about the movie: It wasn’t cheesy. The action, the humor, and the acting was really well done. I was able to immerse myself in the movie without being distracted by lack of quality. It was relative. The movie highlights the lives of five different men and their families. Whether you are “religious” or not, we all can see the importance of having good fathers in a family and society. Being a man is a big role, let alone being a husband and father. Sadly in our generation we see a lack of good male role models. It did not only relate to men though. All ages in the audience had someone or something to connect with in the film. It challenged viewers to make a difference when they leave the theater. Personally, I love inspiring movies. I enjoy walking away from a movie, observing how I related to it, and figuring out how I can live a more meaningful life. I encourage everyone to give the movie a chance and go see it with their families. -- Ashley Cruz

Photos by Gabriel Osburn

Many student groups, such as the culinary division, were in attendance to show support with the other faculty, staff, students and alumni who were present.

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San Jacinto Times Fall 2011 Issue 4 was published on October 10, 2011.